Power on the move

Pratt & Whitney Power Systems has signed an agreement with Statnett to provide three 60-megawatt FT8 SWIFTPAC gas turbine units and seven 25-megawatt FT8 MOBILEPAC units.


Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS) has signed an agreement with Statnett to provide three 60-megawatt FT8 SWIFTPAC gas turbine units and seven 25-megawatt FT8 MOBILEPAC units.



The SWIFTPACs and MOBILEPACs will be installed in Tjeldbergodden and Nyhamna, Norway, to support emergency power generation requirements. All power generation units are scheduled to be delivered prior to January 2008.



The FT8 series is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney’s JT8D aircraft engine.



The FT8 MOBILEPAC is a self-contained, gas turbine powered electric generating unit using PWPS’ FT8 gas turbine. This mobile package consists of two primary units, the power trailer and the control trailer. The power trailer contains the gas turbine and the electric generator, while the control trailer houses the electrical control unit.




The MOBILEPAC can be on the grid and operating within eight hours. This type of power package, along with its relatively small size, allows the MOBILEPAC to be installed in almost any location and relocated or combined with other units to meet an area’s emergency or temporary power needs.




Modular options can be added to allow long-term environmentally compatible operation. Like the FT8, the MOBILEPAC can run on gas or liquid fuel.




The SWIFTPAC power plant offers 60 MW of power and is designed for quick and easy installation.



The package design includes a shippable engine enclosure which incorporates the gas generator, power turbine, exhaust collector box, inlet plenum and lube system. This factory-assembled module allows the SWIFTPAC power plant to be generating power in less than three weeks after arriving on site.



According to Pratt & Whitney, the FT8 has a fleet reliability level greater than 98 percent and has accumulated more than two million hours of operation.