TransCanada Turbines commissions state of the art engine test facility for GE LM6000 series gas turbines

Feb 07, 2013, 02:00 ET from Wood Group

HOUSTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TransCanada Turbines (TCT), a joint venture between TransCanada Corporation and Wood Group GTS, has completed construction and commissioning of a purpose-built test cell in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This latest investment provides TCT with capability for full load testing of the popular GE LM6000 gas turbine used for power generation applications. 

TCT has provided a comprehensive maintenance service for operators of GE LM6000 series gas turbines since 2002. This new facility enables TCT to provide incoming engine test, troubleshooting and diagnostic services for PA, PB, PC, PD and PF variants of the LM6000 gas turbine.  Test cell design features, including quick release mechanisms for essential engine services, will enhance TCT's ability to respond to customer requirements, including unscheduled arisings.

"Design of this facility was a collaborative effort, bringing together the best field and operational experience from within TransCanada, Wood Group and TCT, resulting in test cell operation that is both efficient and effective," said Dan Simonelli, president, TCT. "Investment in new infrastructure will ensure our customers continue to receive a high level of service and we're able to meet the future demands of this market."         

TCT is the only licensed overhaul, repair and maintenance service provider for both GE and Rolls-Royce aero-derivative industrial gas turbines, serving a global client base.  TCT's newly opened 200,000 sq. ft. overhaul depot in Airdrie, Alberta, provides in-house inspection, non-destructive testing (NDT), component repair, kitting, build and balancing capabilities. TCT's global field service team offer maintenance services to 'Level II', spare parts inventory and fully qualified personnel.

Note to Editors
Wood Group is an international energy services company with $6bn sales, employing more than 42,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Engineering, Wood Group PSN and Wood Group GTS  - providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.

Wood Group GTS is a leading independent provider of rotating equipment services and solutions for clients in the power, oil & gas and clean energy markets. Worldwide, these services include: power plant engineering, procurement and construction; facility operations & maintenance; and repair & overhaul, optimisation and upgrade of gas, wind and steam turbines, pumps, compressors and other high-speed rotating equipment

TransCanada Turbines (TCT) is a joint venture between TransCanada Corporation and Wood Group GTS, based in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. It services General Electric LM2500, LM2500+ and LM6000, and Rolls-Royce Avon and RB211 industrial aero-derivative gas turbines for operators in the global oil & gas and power generation industries.

TransCanada Corporation, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure. Its network of more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles) of pipeline taps into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America.  TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 355 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada also owns, or has interests in, approximately 10,800 megawatts of power generation.

SOURCE Wood Group