GE has received a contract from energy firm Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) subsidiary PSEG Power to provide 7HA.02 gas turbine engineered equipment package for the Bridgeport Harbor generating station in Bridgeport, Connecticut, US.

As per the contract, GE will supply 7HA.02 gas turbine, a steam turbine associated generators as well as former Alstom-engineered heat recovery steam generator, which is now part of the GE portfolio.

The contract is a part of the Bridgeport Harbor generating station expansion project, which also includes decommissioning of an existing coal-fired unit following nearly 50 years of operations.

PSEG Fossil president Rich Lopriore said: "With these advanced technologies from GE, PSEG can provide cleaner, more reliable energy to Connecticut and the region for many years to come.

"The environmental benefits of this project are essential, and we’re pleased to have received strong community support."

Upon entering service in 2019, the upgraded plant will be able to generateing electricity required to power almost 500,000 homes.

GE Power gas power systems president and CEO Joe Mastrangelo said: "These projects demonstrate the value of combining GE’s HA gas turbine with our complementary steam tail technologies and the power of software.

"In Connecticut, GE’s high-efficiency technologies will provide cleaner, more efficient power and help give PSEG a real advantage to getting power on the grid."

The new 485MW 7HA.02-based combined-cycle power plant is claimed to become one of the most efficient facilities in Connecticut after completion.

The new 7HA.02 unit, which will primarily run on natural gas, will also have the ability to generate power using ultra-low-sulfur distillate as a backup fuel.

Earlier, PSEG selected GE to deploy asset-performance management tools to enhance predictive analytics as well as to improve its ability to manage its fleet across generating capabilities.