Statnett Norway Purchases Pratt & Whitney Power Systems FT8(R) Gas Turbines

EAST HARTFORD , Conn., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & WhitneyPower Systems, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, has signed an agreement with Statnett SF to provide three Pratt & Whitney Power Systems 60-megawatt FT8(R) SWIFTPAC(TM) gas turbine units and seven 25-megawatt FT8(R)MOBILEPAC(R) 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 .

"We are delighted to provide a reliable and economical power solution to support the customers of Statnett," said Chuck Levey , vice president, sales and marketing, Pratt & Whitney Power Systems. "The SWIFTPAC has a successful track record of providing quick, reliable power. In addition, Pratt & Whitney Power Systems' flexibility with respect to equipment and services has served the best interest of Statnett and its customers."

The FT8 series is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney's JT8D aircraft engine,one of the most successful in aviation history. The FT8 gas turbine leverages the experience of the JT8D while incorporating updated technologies to produce power with less noise, lower emissions and higher base-load and part-load efficiency using natural gas fuel. The FT8 has been in production since 1991 and operates at more than 70 customer sites around the world, with more than 300 units installed or on order. The FT8 has a fleet reliability level greater than 98 percent and has accumulated more than 2 million hours of operation.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines.

United Technologies, based in Hartford , Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

SOURCE Pratt & Whitney


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