Project: MS5001N Inspection and Upgrade
CASE STUDY: This project involved TWO General Electric gas turbine/generators being disassembled, inspected and upgraded. Both units. MS5001N package power plants, were manufactured in Schenectady, NY in the early 1970s. However, the frame 5N gas turbines were built about 5 miles away from The Center, but the speed reduction gears and generators, Speedtronic™ control cabs and generator accessory cabs (GAC) were built at three other GE manufacturing facilities. These major components were assembled in the field at their original installation in Tecumseh, Kansas for Kansas Power & Light in 1971.
NEEDS: The refurbishment process involved a max-case overhaul that included all of the auxiliary systems and components therein. The reduction gear and accessory gears were reconditioned and operationally tested. Control systems were modernized and generator and auxiliaries completely upgraded and tested.
RESULTS: The company who purchased the power plants is from Montreal, Canada. The plants will be fully reconditioned with NewTech upgrades for a client in Venezuela, who operates a paper mill. Originally designed for peaking and emergency power generation in the mid-west, they will be “repurposed” for base load application, eventually employing a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) on the turbine exhaust to produce process steam for the paper manufacturing processes