5 April 2002

An uprated LM6000 gas turbine will soon be operating at a power plant in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The upgrade has been carried out by GE under its engine exchange program. The original LM6000PA turbine began simple cycle operation at Electroecuador's Planta Salitral power station in October 1997 but has now been uprated to an LM6000PC unit. It is fitted with a Sprint spray intercooling system which is expected to increase gas turbine output by at least 10 per cent under ISO conditions. The package includes inlet volute nozzles, new liquid fuel valves, dual fuel capabilities with water manifold and supporting hardware and 30 fuel nozzles. Several package modifications were also necessary including replacement of the Mark V control system and changes to the package main base I-beam for aft turbine support. Modification will be carried out on site over a three week period.

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