Pennsylvania power plant will use Greenville-made turbine

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Above: A 9HA gas turbine at GE’s complex on Garlington Road in Greenville. Photo provided by GE.

General Electric Co. workers in Greenville will play a big a role in the creation of a power plant in Birdsboro, Pa., along the Schuylkill River between Reading and Pottstown.

According to a GE news release, the power plant will generate electricity by burning natural gas in a 7HA.02 turbine that GE will make at its gas turbine plant in Greenville.

The power plant will also use a steam turbine that GE will make in Schenectady, N.Y., according to the news release.

GE said it helped finance the power plant and also struck a deal to service the power equipment.

The power plant will produce 488 megawatts when it begins commercial operation in 2019.

It was developed by EmberClear, a Texas company, and will be owned by a fund managed by Ares EIF, the energy investment arm of the Ares Private Equity Group, which is part of Los Angeles-based Ares Management.

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