NEWS RELEASE JULY 2016
Gas Turbine Owners Will Spend $1.3 Billion for Ultrapure Water Systems at New Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Power Plants
Ultrapure water (UPW) systems are critical to the steam cycle in gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) plants. In 2017 more than $1.3 billion will be spent on UPW systems for new GTCC generators. NAFTA will lead the way with 35 percent of the purchases. These forecasts were reached through McIlvaine research for N029 Ultrapure Water: World Market and 59EI Gas Turbine and Combined Cycle Supplier Program.
UPW components for GTCC plants are challenged by the rapid cycling which is required. Wind and solar are playing an increasing role in power generation but their operations are not constant. As a result, the GTCC plants are operated to balance the fluctuating contribution from the other sources. Flow accelerated corrosion and other problems are being addressed. Operators are being assisted in dealing with these problems in another McIlvaine service 59D Gas Turbine and Combined Cycle Decisions.