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GE Launched the First 6B Repowering Gas Turbine Solution

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Sep. 26 2018, Updated 7:33 a.m. ET

General Electric’s gas turbine solution

General Electric’s (GE) Power Services business launched the world’s first 6B Repowering Solution on September 12. On that day, General Electric also declared the first agreement for the solution with an undisclosed global chemical company. Under the agreement, GE Power would repower the chemical company’s three 6B gas turbines, which should result in substantial cost savings at the chemical company’s site in Asia.

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Key aspects of the 6B Repowering Solution

The new 6B Repowering Solution is part of General Electric’s Fleet360 platform of the total plant services solution. The new solution is supported by advanced F and H class technology to boost the machine’s performance to leading levels for its class. Repowering includes of a full “flange-to-flange” upgrade of all the major components including the combustion system, hot gas path, and compressor.

The Repowering Solution transforms the 6B unit into a GE 6F.01 gas turbine. The new 6B Repowering upgrade is capable of:

  • increasing turbine output up to 35% simple cycle/25% combined cycle
  • boosting efficiency up to 5% points in simple and combined-cycle operations
  • achieving up to $3.0 million in fuel savings per unit annually
  • achieving NOx emissions as low as 15 ppm
  • extending the hot gas path inspection interval to 32,000 hours from 24,000 hours previously and major inspection interval to 64,000 hours from 48,000 hours earlier
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General Electric’s insights

Scott Strazik, the president and CEO of General Electric’s Power Services business, said, “We’re excited to mark our 40th anniversary of the 6B fleet and unveil our new repowering solution…[…]. Today’s announcement and the recent expansion of our Advanced Gas Path technology to the 6B fleet highlight our continuing investment in our mature fleets to help power producers and industrial operators remain competitive in today’s very dynamic marketplace.”

ETF investment

The iShares U.S. Industrials ETF (IYJ) has a 2.83% weight on General Electric. Major industrial stocks included in IYJ’s portfolio are Boeing (BA) at 5.54%, 3M (MMM) at 3.48%, and Honeywell International (HON) at 3.39%.

Next, we’ll discuss the latest updates for General Electric’s Renewable segment.

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