June 8, 2010 -- Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract for the supply of a SGT6-5000F gas turbine for Xcel Energy's Jones Station expansion project located near Lubbock, Texas. Xcel Energy is a major U.S. utility that provides eight Western and Midwestern states with energy-related products and services. The 486-MW rated Jones Station is a natural gas-fueled, steam-electric generating station with two 1970s-vintage operating units.
Xcel Energy is adding the SGT6-5000F gas turbine to the Jones Station to be prepared for a future increase in power requirement. By adding this advanced gas turbine technology to the existing older units, the power plant's potential efficiency and environmental performance will improve significantly. Commercial operation is anticipated to commence in June 2012.
The SGT6-5000F gas turbine, with over 5.9 million fleet operating hours of experience, is built on proven technology and utilizes an evolutionary design philosophy. By enhancing proven designs and incorporating technology upgrades and improvements through an evolutionary process, the SGT6-5000F has achieved 98 percent reliability and 57.5 percent combined cycle efficiency.