Now in Town, A ‘Power Plant on Wheels’
Question: What travels on a truck trailer, can be operational in weeks and can help power homes??
Answer: GE’s TM2500+ mobile aeroderivative gas turbine generator set, otherwise known as a GE’s “power plant on wheels.”
The speed and flexibility of this 26MW gas turbine generator set is ideal for the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), which needed to quickly add 100MW of power to the grid ahead of Libya’s coming summer peak. In all, four of these turbine generator sets will be used to help GECOL address rising power demand in the country. The need is urgent, given that electricity generation more than doubled between 2000 and 2010 and has continued to rise since then.
Just six weeks after the location for the mobile generators was selected in December 2013, two of the four turbines were installed and commissioned, while the remaining two were commissioned by the end of March.
Not only can the turbines run on either natural gas or diesel fuel, but the mobility of these units means GECOL can move them anywhere in the country to supply emergency backup power.
This $135-million project also included all the other equipment and systems necessary to enable the four units to expand the existing installed power generating capacity of the Zawia and West Tripoli power plants.