Forging a path toward usable energy
After running a buyback analysis, DUBAL determined that working with GE on all available upgrades to its turbines would allow the business to receive a fast payback on its investment while extending the fleet life by 30 years. Accordingly, in 2008 the business ordered an upgrade of its five Frame 9B turbines and another upgrade in 2009 of its three Frame 5 turbines. DUBAL also worked with GE to supply parts, performance uprates, repairs and field services for planned and unplanned outages of the gas turbines for seven years.
And while the service agreement committed to a 15 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions from the Frame 5 units, actual emissions reductions were double that amount. The additional reduction was particularly significant to DUBAL: minimizing harmful emissions and the adoption of world-class waste management practices are central to all of the company's activities.
Likewise, GE’s Industrial Power Management platform improves the power system reliability and productivity of the smelter. It allows DUBAL to scan data quickly, on a time-synchronized platform, for extensive analysis and real-time decision-making. As a result, DUBAL can increase supply reliability by monitoring its critical loads and ensure the security of its power system through dynamic fast load shedding.