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Siemens Powers El Segundo Energy Center with Second Flex-Plant in the U.S.A.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NRG Energy Inc. and Siemens Energy Inc. dedicated the El Segundo Energy

Center located near Los Angeles, California, on September 12th.

This is the second Flex-Plant to open in California after the nation’s

first in Lodi that went into commercial operation last year. Siemens

Energy has supplied and commissioned the two Flex-Plant 10 combined

cycle power islands. In total they have an installed capacity of 550

megawatts (MW) – enough to supply efficient and flexible electricity to

approximately 450,000 Californian homes.

Owned and operated by NRG Energy, El Segundo Energy Center is an

environmentally compatible, combined cycle solution for peaking and

intermediate load. The two units can achieve 300 megawatts (MW) in less

than 10 minutes, allowing the plant to back up intermittent renewable

power generation, such as wind and solar power, to maintain a steady,

consistent and reliable supply of power to the grid.

For El Segundo Energy Center Siemens delivered two power islands – each

featuring the main components, an SGT6-5000F gas turbine, an SST-800

steam turbine, an SGen6-1000A generator, an SGen6-100A-2P generator as

well as a heat recovery steam generator, and an air-cooled heat

exchanger. Siemens also supplied the complete electrical equipment and

the SPPA-T3000 power plant instrumentation and control system. The

company also provided the engineering services and commissioning of the


With the SGT6-5000F gas turbine integrated with a single-pressure,

non-reheat bottoming cycle, and an air-cooled heat exchanger for steam

condensing, this Flex-Plant 10 provides a net efficiency of nearly 49

percent – much higher in efficiency than conventional simple cycle

solutions. This plant type is also environmentally friendly, as compared

to conventional combined cycle technology with a reduction of 95 percent

of CO start up emissions and low water consumption. Additionally, the

fast start capability makes it well suited to stabilize the grid and

balance fluctuating renewable power generation. This plant also recently

demonstrated Siemens Clean-Ramp™ Technology which reduces transient

emissions, while the gas turbines ramp up and down to meet electricity

demands. In addition to having a small environmental footprint, El

Segundo was optimized for the site size constraints. This also supported

parallel demolition and construction efforts saving project schedule and


“NRG and the state of California today moved one step closer to

realizing a greener future in California,” said Martin Tartibi,

Executive Vice President at Siemens Energy Solutions Americas. “Siemens

Flex-Plant 10 technology is on the leading edge of where power

generation in America is going in the future – fast, flexible and

environmentally friendly.”

“Flex-Plants with fast start technology are an environmentally friendly

solution to seamlessly integrating renewable power into the grid. As a

result of this project, the El Segundo Energy Center will be able to

provide Californians with 550 MW of clean energy for decades to come,”

said John Chillemi, President of NRG Energy’s West Region. “With Siemens

as our partner, we were able to meet the challenges of permitting,

constructing and operating in a highly populous and visible beach

community in the South Bay Southern California area.”

Highly efficient combined cycle power plants are part of Siemens’

Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2012, revenue from the Portfolio

totaled about €33 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest

suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products

and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2)

emissions by more than 330 million tons, an amount equal to the total

annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul,

London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.

This press release and press pictures can be found at

For further information on Siemens power plant SCC6-5000F 1×1

Flex-Plant™ 10, please see

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The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a

broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation

in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in

grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas.

In fiscal 2012 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of

EUR27.5 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR26.9

billion and posted a profit of EUR2.2 billion. On September 30, 2012,

the Energy Sector had a work force of almost 86,000. Further information

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