System that extends the useful life of backup gas power plant turbines by 60%

    Endesa has managed to successfully implement and design a programme that allows the useful life of backup gas power plant turbines to be extended by 60%. This system, based on a new gas turbine inspection method, has been recognised as one of the nine most innovative projects worldwide by the US-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the leading international certification agency in the power sector, at its annual Technology Transfer Award 2014.

    The programme designed by Endesa enables the extension of life and field inspection (at the installation) of gas turbine rotors. It extends the useful life of turbines that is limited to 5,000 starts as envisaged by the manufacturers, to 8,000 starts, while maintaining all safety guarantees.

    The inspection system, on which the company has worked for two years, has already been applied to the 18 turbines operating in Endesa’s six gas-fired power plants supporting the Canary Islands network (Jinamar, Barranco de Tirajana, Candelaria, Granadilla, Punta Grande and Salinas) and in the three gas-fired plants of the Balearic Islands network (Alcudia, Son Reus and Mahón) that guarantee the safety of the electricity supply. Read more…

    Article published in: FuturENERGY May 2015