GE’s 7F Gas Turbine Turns 30 with New Plant Commissioned in Mexico


MEXICO: The first GE 7F gas turbine began commercial operation 30 years ago this month. Since coming on the market, more than 950 7F machines have been commissioned, including four 7F.04 units that entered service recently at Techint’s Norte III combined cycle power plant in Mexico. The 907-MW Norte III facility is located in the municipality of Ciudad Juárez, in the state of Chihuahua. GE will operate and maintain the plant for 25 years under an agreement signed with Techint in 2018. “We chose GE to collaborate with us on the Norte III plant because of its reliable technology and total plant-service solutions,” Alejandro Maluf, CEO of Techint North America, said in a statement. The Chihuahua region was identified as a deficient node in Mexico’s 15-year infrastructure development program for the enhancement of the country’s national electric system—PRODESEN 2017–2030. The Norte III combined cycle plant will help alleviate the deficiency.