GE Vernova’s Gas Power business has won orders for the supply, operation and maintenance activities of a simple cycle power plant consisting of eight GE LM2500XPRESS aeroderivative gas turbines. The order comes from the Electricity Supply Board of Ireland for their facility in Shannonbridge, County Offaly. The Shannonbridge Power Plant will be a new temporary reserve power plant designed to deliver up to 264 MW to support the security and reliability of the country’s electricity supply. The new plant is expected to start operations during the 2023-2024 winter season and serve as a reserve power plant through to the end of the 2026-2027 winter season.
This project follows GE’s recently announced 200 MW emergency power plant construction project at North Wall in the Dublin area. In a similar way to ESB’s North Wall power plant, which is powered by six GE LM2500XPRESS, Shannonbridge will not be available to the open electricity market, but will only be operated against a specific instruction to support the Irish grid when needed.
The Shannonbridge plant will benefit from a 3-year Operations and Maintenance service agreement with GE which includes operation, repairs and scheduled maintenance on the simple cycle power plant. The plant is being constructed within the site boundary of a decommissioned older power plant facility, and is designed to provide flexible, quick start-up emergency power.
At the centre of the new plant will be GE’s established LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine technology. The LM2500XPRESS version is 95% factory assembled into simplified modules for faster site installation. The GT units for this project will be manufactured at GE Gas Power’s ‘manufacturing excellence centre’ in Veresegyhaz, Hungary.