Pratt & Whitney FT4 Twin Pac Project Award from National Electrification Institute (INDE) of Guatemala

HPI announced a project award from the National Electrification Institute (INDE) of Guatemala. HPI will be upgrading the control system and instrumentation of a Pratt & Whitney Twin-Pac® (FT4) aeroderivative gas turbine engine.

The power station, located in Escuintla, Guatemala, currently uses electromechanical relays and switches. The new control system will be implemented in the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) series, and will be connected to an existing supervisory control system. The new turbine control system will be controlled locally and monitored at INDE headquarters in Guatemala City. HPI will be doing installation, start-up and factory testing at their facilities in Houston. Installation and commissioning at the site must be done within a 30-day window. Since the station is a peaking unit that must be brought online quickly, the unit can only be down for approximately 30 days and will be fully operational thereafter. The project is scheduled for completion in less than 8 months.

“We are excited to begin work with INDE”, says Hal Pontez, President and CEO of HPI. “Our team has extensive experience with the FT4 Pratt & Whitney turbines and therefore can retrofit and commission the new control system and associated instrumentation within the 30-day time allotted. HPI has recently completed a project involving four FT4 turbines at a station in Texas, and I have every confidence that this project will run as planned. We look forward to doing many more projects in Guatemala.”