A combined-cycle power plant in Brazi, Romania to be built for oil and gas producer Petrom S.A. will be the first application of GE Energy’s highly efficient Frame 9FB gas turbine in Romania, further expanding GE’s growing presence in the country.
This large turnkey project is a ‘first’ for GE Energy in the region, according to Rod Christie, region executive-Eastern Europe for GE Energy. “It underscores our commitment to supply advanced, reliable power generation equipment and services that will help our customers meet the region’s growing need for reliable sources of energy,” he said.
Romania is one of the fastest growing GE locations in Europe. “Our goal is to create growth by matching Romania’s potential with GE’s proven equipment and services, not only helping to increase customers’ competitiveness but also anticipating their needs and advancing the upgrade of infrastructure in the country,” noted Christie.
GE has been active in Romania since 1984, and today has more than 900 employees in the country, with businesses operating in the energy, aviation, healthcare, lighting and power protection, financial and real estate sectors. GE Energy has supplied equipment for a variety of power projects in Romania including nuclear, combined heat and power and industrial cogeneration applications.
The new combined-cycle plant would produce approximately 860 megawatts of power. Approximately 20 percent of the plant’s electricity output would be used by Petrom for its own operations, with the remainder sold on the Romanian power grid.
In addition to equipment supply, GE provides project management services and commissioning services, and acts as leader of the consortium. Metka, who specializes in the construction of energy projects supplies balance-of-plant equipment, engineering and construction services.
Based in Bucharest, Petrom is the largest Romanian oil and gas group, with activities in exploration and production, refining, petrochemicals and natural gas. Petrom is a member of the OMV Group of Austria, the leading oil and gas company in Central Europe. GE has a long-standing relationship with OMV and has provided the company with gas turbines, compressors and other oil and gas equipment over the years.