Alstom plans to make gas turbine in Chattanooga

Alstom plans to make gas turbine in Chattanooga

September 13th, 2011 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Staff File Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press - An unidentified worker walks past Alstom of Chattanooga's front facade.

Alstom today announced the launch of a new gas turbine that it plans to make at its Chattanooga facility.

The next generation GT24 gas turbine is the heart of Alstom's KA24 combined cycle power plant and is unique in its ability to deliver a power output of 450 megawatts in just 10 minutes, according to the company. The rapid start flexibility allows operators to quickly balance sudden drops in output from intermittent sources like wind and solar, the company said.

Patrick Fetzer, head of Alstom's gas business in North America, is expected to be in Chattanooga on Thursday to talk about turbine.

Alstom last month shipped nuclear turbine rotors from Chattanooga via the Tennessee River from its $300 million facility that opened last year. The plant employs about 200 people.

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