The plant owned by E.ON Produzione plays a key role in stabilizing the power grid between Sicily and mainland Italy.

GE will upgrade Trapani’s two gas turbine trains from 85 and 89MW, respectively to 107.8MW per unit.

The upgrade will include temperature firing increases, advanced sealing features, new unit rotors and compressor stator vanes, new open air ventilated generators and the installation of a DLN 1 combustion system.

Furthermore, E.ON approached GE’s Power Generation Services unit seeking a solution that would enable the Trapani plant to operate within new regional emissions limits.

Upon completion of the site’s new configuration, the project will position Trapani to help strengthen the region’s grid continuity, while offering opportunities for local community and industry development.

E.ON Italia president and CEO Miguel Antoñanzas, said the project will renew Trapani’s two gas-fired units by upgrading and partially replacing some primary turbine equipment.

"Once complete, the upgrade will enable our site to benefit from enhanced capacity, higher efficiency and lower impact on the environment" added Antoñanzas.

The project will begin in the third quarter of 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in 2013.