The Grand River Dam Authority Energy Center.
The Grand River Dam Authority Energy Center.

Oklahoma Goes Live with J-Series Gas Turbine

The first J-Series gas turbine in the Americas is now operational at the Grand River Dam Authority Energy Center.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) reports that its first advanced J-Series gas turbine in the Americas has gone live at the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Energy Center. 

Along with GRDA’s new 495-MW combined-cycle gas-fired facility, the Vinita, Oklahoma-based G&T also operates an additional 1480 MW in generating facilities, consisting of three hydroelectric facilities and one coal-fired plant. 

GRDA is the wholesale electricity supplier for a 24-county service area in Northeast Oklahoma via a sophisticated energy delivery systems. GRDA sells electricity to three customer classes: municipals, electric cooperatives and industries.

There are 22 other 495 MW gas turbine installations globally.

“This is an important milestone for our company,” said Paul Browning, MHPS Americas president and CEO. “We’re proud to announce that the gas turbine was delivered on time, exceeded its performance guarantee, and the Grand River Dam Authority is now able to sell electricity to the grid.”

Forbes magazine ran a related story, The Path To Low Emission Power Generation In The U.S., that cited the Mitsubishi J-Series, stating, “The reduction in CO2 emissions intensity can be attributed to the shift from coal-fired generation to natural gas and power plants becoming more efficient. For example, MHPS’ advanced J-Series gas turbine produces approximately 65% less CO2 than coal-fired power plants.”

A May 30 press release regarding the J-Series installation at Grand River Energy Center pointed out that a significant milestone has been achieved by sustaining reliable power generation just 45 days after first fire. Achieving reliable power generation output means GRDA is now able to sell electricity to the grid.

The gas turbine was delivered on time to the site, successfully achieved first fire on March 14 in its first attempt and only two days later synchronized to the grid to first produce electricity for GRDA and MISO Power Pool customers. Since then, the facility successfully conducted steam blows well ahead of schedule and quickly resumed operation on time. On April 27 (less than 45 days after first fire), while operating in combined cycle, the test team successfully demonstrated sustained operations above GRDA’s “Sellable Power” milestone.

The commissioning team achieved this contract milestone 35 days ahead of the June 1 contract deadline. Since then, the plant has completed its fine screen removal outage and is currently finishing tuning as it approaches final performance demonstrations scheduled for June 2017. Thus far, the GRDA “J” machine has exceeded all performance expectations.

Upon reaching the Sellable Power milestone, Charles Barney, GRDA vice president and assistant general manager for fuel and generation projects, stated in a letter of commendation to MHPS, “I want to bring to your attention the overall excellent performance of the MHPS team working on commissioning GREC Unit 3.”

From the EPC’s perspective, “MHPS delivered their turbine on time, they're exceeding their performance guarantee and the unit has been exceptionally reliable. Our team remains ahead of schedule,” said Kevin Kimball, project sponsor for TIC.

The MHPS turbine installed at the Grand River Energy Center is the first J-Series to be built at the Savannah Machinery Works in Savannah, Georgia. It is paired in combined cycle with a steam turbine that was built at the MHPS Nagasaki Works in Japan. The unit also features a generator from Mitsubishi Electric Co. As part of the project, GRDA signed a 25-year long-term service agreement with MHPS.

“GRDA issued an aggressive challenge to MHPS when they told us they wanted to build the most efficient combined cycle power plant in the United States,” Browning said. “This is the 23rd straight turbine that we’ve delivered to a site on time and we’re confident it will be the 23rd J-Series gas turbine to exceed its performance guarantees. Record-breaking performance, combined with an unparalleled reliability record, make the J-Series the gas turbine of the future. We have received orders for an additional 13 J-Series turbines in the Americas, several of which have already been delivered to site.”

GRDA broke ground on Grand River Energy Center Unit 3 in January 2015. The environmentally friendly natural gas facility will replace an older coal-fired facility on the same site. The new power plant is on schedule to be fully operational this summer. ♦


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 


This month Forbes magazine ran a related story, “The Path To Low Emission Power Generation In The U.S.” which cited the Mitsubishi J-series, stating that “The reduction in CO2 emissions intensity can be attributed to the shift from coal-fired generation to natural gas and power plants becoming more efficient. For example, MHPS’ advanced J-series gas turbine, above, produces approximately 65% less CO2 than coal-fired power plants.”
The May 30, 2017 press release regarding the J-Series installation at Grand River Energy Center pointed out that a significant milestone having been achieved, by sustaining reliable power generation just 45 days after first fire. Achieving reliable power generation output means the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is now able to sell electricity to the grid.
The gas turbine was delivered on time to the site, successfully achieved 1st Fire on March 14 in its first attempt and only two days later synchronized to the grid to first produce electricity for GRDA and MISO Power Pool customers. Since then, the facility successfully conducted steam blows well ahead of schedule and quickly resumed operation on time. On April 27, (less than 45 days after 1st Fire), while operating in combined cycle, the test team successfully demonstrated sustained operations above GRDA’s “Sellable Power” milestone. The commissioning team achieved this contract milestone 35 days ahead of the June 1 contract deadline. Since then, the plant has completed its fine screen removal outage and is currently finishing tuning as it approaches final performance demonstrations scheduled for June 2017. Thus far the GRDA “J” machine exceeded all performance expectations.

 

Upon reaching the Sellable Power milestone, Charles Barney, GRDA Vice President and Assistant General Manager for Fuel & Generation Projects stated in a letter of commendation to MHPS, “I want to bring to your attention the overall excellent performance of the MHPS team working on commissioning GREC Unit 3.” From the EPC’s perspective, “MHPS delivered their turbine on time, they're exceeding their performance guarantee and the unit has been exceptionally reliable. Our team remains ahead of schedule,” said Kevin Kimball, Project Sponsor for TIC.

 

The MHPS turbine installed at the Grand River Energy Center is the first J-Series to be built at the Savannah Machinery Works in Savannah, Georgia. It is paired in combined cycle with a steam turbine that was built at the MHPS Nagasaki Works in Japan. The unit also features a generator from Mitsubishi Electric Co. As part of the project GRDA signed a 25-year long term service agreement with MHPS.

 

“GRDA issued an aggressive challenge to MHPS when they told us they wanted to build the most efficient combined cycle power plant in the United States,” Browning said. “This is the 23rd straight turbine that we’ve delivered to a site on time and we’re confident it will be the 23rd J-Series gas turbine to exceed its performance guarantees. Record-breaking performance, combined with an unparalleled reliability record, make the J-Series the gas turbine of the future. We have received orders for an additional 13 J-Series turbines in the Americas, several of which have already been delivered to site.”

 

GRDA broke ground on Grand River Energy Center Unit 3 in January 2015. The environmentally friendly natural gas facility will replace an older, coal-fired facility on the same site. The new power plant is on schedule to be fully operational this summer.

 

The full press release is at this link.

 

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