GE Energy Turbine Island Refurbishment to Extend Reliable Operating Life of Hydro-Québec's Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Hydro-Québec, one of the largest
electric utilities in North America, has selected GE Energy to perform a
turbine island refurbishment that will extend the reliable operating life of
the 675-megawatt Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station, a major supplier of
electricity for Montreal and Québec City in Canada.
    Located in Bécancour on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Gentilly-2
provides approximately three percent of all power for the province of Quebec
and is a key contributor to the stability of Hydro-Québec's power grid.
Hydro-Québec has estimated that the refurbishment will extend the plant's
operation to 2040.
    Under contracts valued at more than US$120 million, GE Energy will
replace and enhance key steam turbine and generator components, repair and
align the turbine generator foundation and install a new control system.
    "Hydro-Québec's investment in the refurbishment of the Gentilly-2 nuclear
generating station shows the critical value of the plant as part of the future
of power generation in Québec and Canada," said Trevor Bailey, general
manager, steam product line for GE Energy. "GE has been selected to extend the
operating life of this unit due to GE's extensive steam turbine generator and
nuclear plant knowledge."

    
    Specifically, the work to be performed by GE Energy for the upgrade will
    include:

    -   Replacement and installation of two low-pressure steam turbine
        rotors

    -   Generator disassembly and reassembly; and a generator field rewind

    -   Replacement of the existing control system with a GE Mark VIe(*)
        system

    -   Turbine and generator alignment and foundation site services

    -   Installation of two new moisture separator re-heaters
    

    The engineering and procurement phase of the generating station
refurbishment is under way, with the construction work to start in 2011. The
plant is expected to return to commercial service in 2012.
    GE Energy has worked with Hydro-Quebec since the Gentilly-2 nuclear
generating unit was commissioned in 1983, providing technical direction and
support throughout this period. GE Energy is a world leader in the design and
manufacture of nuclear steam turbines, generators and controls as well as
being a full service provider of installation and services for these products.

    About GE Energy

    GE Energy (www.ge.com/energy) is one of the world's leading suppliers of
power generation and energy delivery technologies, with 2008 revenue of $29.3
billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy works in all areas of the energy
industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable
resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.
Numerous GE Energy products are certified under ecomagination, GE's
corporate-wide initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies
that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.

    About GE

    GE is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that
is built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and
health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than
100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more
information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.ge.com. GE is
Imagination at Work.
    GE has operated in Canada for over 100 years, beginning with the
manufacturing facility in Peterborough, Ontario founded by Thomas Edison in
1892. Today, GE Canada has 15 major manufacturing facilities, with sales and
services locations and 9,000 employees.





For further information:

For further information: Kristin Schwarz, GE Energy, (518) 385-7343,
Kristin.schwarz@ge.com; Ken Darling or Howard Masto, Masto Public Relations,
(518) 786-6488, kenneth.darling@ge.com, howard.masto@ge.com; Kim Warburton,
General Electric Canada, (905) 858-5678, kim.warburton@ge.com

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