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Alstom GT13E2 turbine generator successfully installed at the Akademicheskaya thermal power plant in Yekaterinburg

Alstom's GT13E2 turbine generator has been successfully installed at the Akademicheskaya thermal power plant (TPP) currently under construction in Yekaterinburg. This follows the ground breaking ceremony for the new plant, where Alstom is supplying its GT13E2 gas turbine with a generator, last February. This latest milestone was achieved thanks to a special caterpillar crane with a lifting capacity of 600 tons.

This project is a part of the frame agreement signed in 2011, between Alstom and Renova Group regarding the supply of five of Alstom's GT13E2 gas turbines of 180 MW each for IES-Holding: for Nizhneturinskaya (2 turbines) and Novogorkovskaya (2 turbines) thermal power plants and 1 turbine for Akademicheskaya TPP. Alstom is currently carrying out equipment installation at Nizhneturinskaya and Novogorkovskaya TPPs.

The Akademicheskaya TPP project in Yekaterinburg is the biggest in the city's power system, and provides for the construction of a combined-cycle power plant with the capacity of 230 MW from the greenfield stage. The plant is scheduled for commissioning in March 2016 and will provide electricity for the Akademichesky district currently under construction in the south-western part of the city.

The GT13E2 is one of Alstom's largest equipment fleets, and has already achieved more than 10 million operating hours. Around 150 power generating units using GT13E2 turbines have been installed or ordered in the world so far. Moreover, Alstom GT13E2 turbines are already in use in the CIS market. The first turbine was commissioned in 2009 at Minskaya TPP-3 in Belarus. Since 2010, two more turbines have been put in operation at Razdanskaya and Erevanskaya TPPs in Armenia.