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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Power Technology - Pratt & Whitney Power Systems - Advanced Aeroderivative Gas Turbines

Power Technology - Pratt & Whitney Power Systems - Advanced Aeroderivative Gas Turbines

Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS), the industrial gas turbine division of Pratt & Whitney, has taken the advanced technology of P&W proven aircraft engines and applied it to an extensive product line of land based gas turbines. Whether it is for electric power generation or for applications requiring variable speed mechanical drive such as marine propulsion, gas compression or liquid pumping, the 450kW to 60MW gas turbine product portfolio offers competitive, efficient, flexible products.

Since the sale of its first gas turbine for pumping natural gas in October 1960, PWPS has sold gas turbines for a variety of applications. These include electrical power generation, offshore platform power, oil and gas transmission, industrial drives, locomotives and marine propulsion. Combined, these turbines have accumulated hundreds of millions of heavy-duty industrial service hours.

In 1986, PWPS began a program to design, develop, and manufacture a technologically advanced, highly efficient industrial gas turbine, the FT8. This gas turbine incorporated many technological features of the Pratt & Whitney JT8D series aircraft engine. The JT8D is one of the most successful jet engines in commercial aviation history, with over 14,000 sold and a total of more than 400 million hours of reliable operation. Today, approximately 200 FT8 gas turbines are currently installed or on order with units in operation on five continents.

The FT8 is compact, easy to install and is capable of using a variety of fuels. The gas generator can be changed in less than eight hours due to the modular design of the engine. Similarly, it can be disassembled into its main modules and reassembled in less than four days.

The latest improvement to the FT8 offering is the streamlined SWIFTPAC™ configuration of 25MW and 50MW. The SWIFTPAC units are configured as multi-trailer modular systems with a majority of the units pre-assembled at the factory. Each unit is designed for rapid installation allowing initial power generation to be achieved within one month upon arriving on site.


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