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MET-ED TO INSTALL FIRST SIEMENS MODEL V84.3 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY GAS TURBINE-GENERATOR; COMPANIES COLLABORATE IN 'PARTNERS-IN-POWER' PROGRAM

 READING, Pa., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Metropolitan Edison Company's (Met-Ed) Portland Station will be the demonstration site for the first Siemens advanced Model V84.3 gas turbine-generator, executives from the two companies announced at a press conference today at Met-Ed's headquarters. The Portland Station, located in northeast Pennsylvania on the west bank of the Delaware River, currently consists of two coal- fired units and two gas turbines with a total output of 436 megawatts (MW). The site is well suited for addition of the 152 MW Siemens Model V84.3 gas turbine, and offers room for possible future expansion if desired.
 Met-Ed and Siemens call the project "Partners-in-Power." The partnership aspect was a key factor in moving the project forward, according to R. Baird Stephenson, president and chief executive officer of Siemens Power Corporation. "Through Partners-in-Power, both Met-Ed's ratepayers and Siemens will benefit from the opportunity to demonstrate the fuel efficiency and low emissions of the Model V84.3," Stephenson said. "Both companies will further benefit from a joint collaboration aimed at developing new ways to further reduce operating and maintenance costs for the advanced technology gas turbine."
 Fred D. Hafer, president of Metropolitan Edison Company, said, "We have an obligation to our customers to meet their energy needs with the most efficient power generation technology available today. We also have an obligation to our communities to do this in the most environmentally responsible manner available today. As a world leader with a proven record in this area, Siemens was a logical choice to help us satisfy both obligations."
 Site preparation for the estimated $50 million project will begin in January 1994, following the receipt of required licenses and permits. Under a turnkey arrangement, Siemens will then begin construction of the power block, with delivery of the gas turbine scheduled in March 1994. Initial operation and testing is expected in the fall of 1994, followed by a demonstration period of approximately one year during 1995.
 John C. Bobrowich, Siemens Power Corporation's vice president of sales and marketing, said the company is eager to demonstrate the advanced technology and U.S.-designed package of the Model V84.3. "We believe that the V84.3 technology is well-positioned to play a significant role in helping customers in the worldwide 60 Hz market meet the ever-increasing challenge of providing power generation cleanly and efficiently."
 The Siemens Model V84.3, with a firing temperature of 2,350 degrees Fahrenheit, is a high-output, high-efficiency gas turbine generator. The V84.3 offers 36.1 percent simple cycle efficiency coupled with low nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions. The Model V84.3, operating in a combined cycle application, can achieve a total plant efficiency exceeding 54 percent.
 Metropolitan Edison Co. (Met-Ed) serves electricity customers in 14 counties in eastern and south-central Pennsylvania. More than 100 years old, Met-Ed is one of three operating subsidiaries of General Public Utilities (GPU), which is one of the 20 largest investor-owned electric utilities in the nation. Its sister operating companies are Pennsylvania Electric Co. and Jersey Central Power & Light Co. Combined, they serve 1.9 million customers in two states. Other key subsidiaries of GPU are GPU Nuclear Corp., GPU Service Corp. and General Portfolios Corp.
 Siemens Power Corporation is co-headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. and Milwaukee. It is affiliated with the Siemens Power Generation Group (KWU) in Erlangen, Germany, one of the world's largest suppliers of power generation equipment, with 1991/1992 worldwide sales of more than $4.1 billion and orders of $5.4 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Morgan of Siemens Power Corporation, 407-994-7438; or Judith Botvin of Metropolitan Edison Company, 215-921-6246/


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