Western Farmers Electric Cooperative’s (WFEC) and GE Vernova announced the order for two new GE aeroderivative LM6000VELOX package solutions, each including an LM6000 gas turbine and a generator, to replace aging steam turbines at its Anadarko Plant, Oklahoma.

These new units are expected to expand the power plant, currently powered by five LM6000 PC gas turbines. Two of these units were installed and commissioned in 1999, and three units were installed ten years later, in 2009. When the expansion will be completed, the Anadarko Plant is expected to deliver up to 350 MW with a total of seven LM6000 gas turbines.

These aeroderivative units are derived from jet-engine technology. GE says they can ramp up to full power in five minutes.

“We selected GE Vernova’s LM6000VELOX units due to their fast start and quick ramp up/down capabilities,” said Justin Soderberg, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. “Rapid renewable energy growth presents system operators and energy providers with the increasingly difficult task of continuously ensuring stability of the grid and a reliable power supply, as renewable generation assets like wind turbines and solar farms are slightly less predictable by their very nature.”

WFEC has been working with Sargent & Lundy (S&L) as the engineer for the expansion of the plant. S&L is an engineering firm based in Chicago, Illinois. S&L has worked with WFEC staff on selecting technology for these new units and developing a turbine specification. Fagen, Inc. has been selected as the EPC contractor. The works are expected to start in late 2024 and be completed in late 2026.

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