French engineering group Alstom said that its GT13E2 gas turbine fleet has reached ten million equivalent operating hours at the end of March 2011.

According to the company, more than 310 major hot gas path inspections have been performed on this fleet, till date.

The fleet recorded a reliability factor of 99.5% and a mean availabity factor of 94.1% at the end of 2010.

Last month, one gas turbine unit installed at the Al Hidd power plant in Bahrain set a new record in the fleet with 421 days of continuous operation, demonstrating the maturity and the high reliability of the GT13E2 platform, Alstom said.

The GT13E2 platform is designed for a wide range of applications and can operate as a stand-alone turbine in a new or existing power plant design or as part of a turnkey power plant.

Applications cover electrical power generation in base load, intermediate or peak duty and the turbine can also be used in industrial applications such as aluminium smelters or desalination plants.