Dec 18 Florida Power & Light Co contracted with
German multinational Siemens AG to supply the utility
with three next-generation H-Class gas turbines to modernize its
Port Everglades natural gas-fired power plant in Florida.
FPL, a unit of U.S. power company NextEra Energy Inc
of Florida, expects the new units at the 1,277-megawatt Port
Everglades plant to enter service in 2016.
Siemens said in a release on Monday that it expected FPL to
require about one-third less fuel per megawatt-hour to generate
power at the new Port Everglades plant than at the existing
facility due to the efficient H-Class turbine technology.
Siemens said the new plant should produce more than $400
million in net savings for FPL customers during its 30-year
operational life, over and above the cost of construction.
Siemens said the Port Everglades order followed a contract
in 2010 to supply six H-Class turbines for the new 1,250-MW
units at FPL's Cape Canaveral and Riviera Beach power plants in
Siemens said the first of these previously ordered H-Class
turbines was already started on Nov. 21 at Cape Canaveral.
An FPL spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday that the company
expected the Cape Canaveral plant to cost about $1.1 billion and
to come online in mid-2013, while Riviera Beach would cost about
$1.3 billion and come online in mid-2014, and Port Everglades
would cost about $1.3 billion and come online in mid-2016.
Siemens said the H-Class gas turbine made power plant
history in May 2011 when it achieved world-record efficiency of
60.75 percent at a combined-cycle power plant in Irsching,
Worldwide, Siemens said it had now sold 20 H-Class turbines.
The company did not say in the release how much it costs to
buy an H-Class turbine.