Siemens to supply four gas turbine packages in the U.S.

Dec. 15, 2008

Erlangen, Germany -- Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract to supply four simple cycle gas turbine packages for the Cleveland County generating plant near Grover in North Carolina. The purchaser of the equipment is Birmingham-based Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, which provides power to the Southeast. The plant will be able to generate approximately 720 megawatts at the summer peak and is scheduled to come on line in early 2012.

The Siemens scope of supply for the Cleveland County Plant encompasses four SGT6-PAC-5000F gas turbine packages, including service contracts. Each package consists of a SGT6-5000F gas turbine, air-cooled generator, auxiliaries, the innovative SPPA-T3000 control system and an option for the exhaust stack. The fast-start capability of the SGT6-5000F gas turbine will allow Southern Power to deliver power to the grid quickly, while also helping to keep per start emissions low.

“To enhance the value and environmental compatibility of new power generation assets, the U.S. market requires power plants to provide a much higher level of operating flexibility, including low start-up emissions and fast start-up capabilities. Innovations in our gas turbine product line address these requirements and will allow our customers to better react to market opportunities,” said Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc.

“Using clean and efficient natural gas technology, this project will serve the growing electricity needs in the region for many years,“ said Ronnie Bates, president of Southern Power. “Through our focus on efficient operations, Southern Power has a proven track record of providing reliable, competitively priced energy to our customers throughout the Southeast.”