Wood Group GTS awarded GE LM6000 controls system upgrade with Southwest Generation Company, LLC

Nov 01, 2012, 06:00 ET from Wood Group GTS

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Generation Operating Company has awarded Wood Group GTS a contract to upgrade a Speedtronic Mark V control system fitted to an early model GE LM6000. Included within the agreement is a turbine controls upgrade, new voltage regulation system, all-electric fuel metering valves and vibration monitoring system. Under this turnkey contract, Wood Group GTS is responsible for design, site installation, testing and commissioning of the new system.

The Wood Group GTS controls solution enables operators to use common tools to manage the gas turbine and balance of plant assisting with troubleshooting, reducing spares inventory, simplifying personnel training and the planning process for future upgrades.

This is the Southwest Generation Operating Company's first GE LM6000 controls upgrade and will be implemented at their Las Vegas cogeneration plant. The plant has a total of five GE LM6000 engines currently in operation. 

"Our solutions are designed to improve power plant operational flexibility and environmental performance, delivering better return on investment from power generation assets," says Frank Avery of Wood Group GTS. "From extending the life cycle of existing control systems to complete turnkey controls upgrades, we provide a suite of services tailored to meet the specific needs of our customer."

Note to Editors
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; repair & overhaul, optimisation and upgrade of gas, wind and steam turbines, pumps, compressors and other high-speed rotating equipment. www.woodgroupgts.com

Wood Group is an international energy services company with $6bn sales, employing more than 41,000 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.  www.woodgroup.com

Southwest Generation Operating Company, LLC is a rapidly growing privately held energy company based in Denver that is building a diversified portfolio of natural gas-fired power generation assets. The company employs a strategy of improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and increasing the overall value of power generation assets. The clean, efficient gas-fired generation assets are flexible and responsive to the integration of wind and solar generation resources, providing reliable regulation for renewable technologies. Southwest Generation has facilities located in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado. http://www.southwestgen.com/