First Trent 60 gas turbines in the United States achieve successful start-up

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The first three Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbines installed in the United States have successfully achieved “first fire” start-up. The units are located at two electric power stations in the cities of Lowell and Braintree, Massachusetts, near Boston.

All three units are Trent 60-powered Wet Low Emissions (WLE) generating sets, capable of running on both gas and liquid fuel, with power outputs up to 58MW each.

Owned and operated by Montgomery Energy Partners LP, the Lowell site, designated L’Energia, achieved successful start-up in late 2008. The single Trent 60 gas turbine generating set is part of a combined cycle plant re-powering project, replacing an older less efficient gas turbine, to provide efficient, cost-effective, environmentally friendly power to meet the growing energy needs of the ISO-New England grid.

Two Trent 60 power generation packages, owned and operated by the Braintree Electric Light Department at its Thomas A. Watson Generating Station in the city of Braintree, each achieved successful first fire in March and April, 2009. The two new Trent 60 units will provide 116MW of electrical power to the ISO New England grid at times of peak demand.

“These three successful start-ups,” said Charlie Athanasia, Vice-President of Power Generation for the Rolls-Royce energy business, “mark a significant milestone highlighting the increased market interest in the aero-derived Trent product for industrial power generation applications. Trent 60 generating sets have already been operating to meet critical electrical power requirements in the UK, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Chile and the Middle East, and we can now add the United States to this growing list.”

Bill Bottiggi, General Manager of the Braintree Electric Light Department, said “While we are still commissioning the units, the Trent 60 gas turbine has exceeded our expectations. Start-up is progressing well, and we look forward to commercial operation.”

The Trent 60 is the most powerful and efficient engine in the Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines product range. Capable of delivering up to 64MW of electric power in simple cycle service at 42 per cent efficiency, the engine has established a new benchmark for fuel economy and cost savings.

  1. Montgomery Energy Partners LP is a Houston-based energy development and asset management company pursuing power generation and advanced technology development and asset management opportunities in the power and energy sector.
  2. Lowell, with a population of 105,000 residents, is the fourth largest city in the State of Massachusetts.
  3. Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) is a not-for-profit provider of electric power to the citizens of Braintree, Massachusetts. It was established in 1891 by Thomas A Watson, a partner with Alexander Graham Bell, widely known for the first spoken words on a telephone. Today, BELD is one of 2,200 public power system companies in the U.S.
  4. With a population of just over 33,000 residents, Braintree, Massachusetts is located about 10 miles south of Boston.
  5. With over 160 million hours of operating experience, over 4,000 Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbine packages have been ordered by customers in nearly 80 countries.
  6. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets – civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  7. The company has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, U.S., Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
  8. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
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