HOUSTON, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, POWER magazine selects a half-dozen of the most noteworthy gas-fired power plants worldwide to be designated Top Plants. Winning plants are profiled in the September issue, and awards are presented at a banquet the following May at the ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition. This year's award-winning gas-fired Top Plants are:
- Adapazari Power Plant, Adapazari, Sakarya Province, Turkey. Thanks to a turbine upgrade, last year, this Turkish plant achieved 99.8% availability—nearly 7 percentage points higher than the industry average, and a global record in F-class gas turbine technology.
- Arvah B. Hopkins Generating Station, Unit 2, Tallahassee, Florida. Repowering from oil to gas has improved efficiency and lowered emissions and fuel costs at this city-owned plant. What's more, the project came in 8% under budget.
- Astoria II Combined Cycle Plant, Queens, New York. Dense population centers have high power demand, but building power plants near them imposes its own set of demands. Creating the largest gas-fired power plant in the New York boroughs required significant off-site component construction and adherence to strict permit guidelines.
- Emirates Aluminum Smelter Complex (EMAL), Al-Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This Persian Gulf combined cycle power plant, designed to serve what will be the world's largest aluminum smelter, also was designed to protect the environment.
- Irsching 4 Combined Cycle Power Plant, Irsching, Bavaria, Germany. Earlier this year, Irsching 4 set a new world record in power plant efficiency and, consequently, consumes one-third less fuel per kilowatt-hour generated than the worldwide average for combined cycle plants.
- Montoir-de-Bretagne Combined Cycle Plant, Montoir-de-Bretagne, France. Though France is strongly associated with nuclear power, a new combined cycle plant on the Mediterranean Coast has added much-needed quick-start capacity to the nation's portfolio.
For more details about these projects, see the September issue of POWER (www.powermag.com).
For more than 128 years POWER magazine has been considered the definitive information source for the power generation market, and for over four decades, it has honored the top performers in the electricity-generating industry with annual power plant awards. POWER award categories are Plant of the Year, Marmaduke Award, Smart Grid Award, and Top Plants (gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables).
SOURCE POWER Magazine