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Wood Group GTS completes LM6000 controls upgrade for Jonesboro, Ark City Water and Light

LOVELAND, Colo., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wood Group GTS has upgraded the controls system on a GE LM6000 gas turbine at Jonesboro, Arkansas, City Water and Light's (CWL) northwest combustion turbine site.

Wood Group GTS has replaced the original controls system with an open-architecture system that will enable CWL to access and configure the turbine to meet fluctuating power demands. Because the new system, built on an open architecture provided by Rockwell Automation, is easy to service, it also provides CWL with the ability to perform maintenance in-house.

"Wood Group GTS' solutions provide us with the independence and self-sufficiency to configure our control system and make site-specific modifications without having to call in outside support," said a CWL spokesperson.

"This open-architecture controls solution for LM6000 gas turbines empowers operators to quickly and inexpensively adapt plant and equipment to meet new power demands," stated Frank Avery of Wood Group GTS. "Our extensive control system experience, combined with proven Rockwell Automation PlantPAx™ technology, provides a safe, easily supported and reliable upgrade solution for our customers."

The upgrade at CWL's Jonesboro facility is one of over 500 controls system installations performed by Wood Group GTS.

Wood Group GTS is a leading independent provider of rotating equipment services and solutions for clients in the power, oil & gas markets. Worldwide, these services include: power plant engineering, procurement and construction; facility operations & maintenance; and repair & overhaul, optimisation and upgrade of gas and steam turbines, pumps, compressors and other high-speed rotating equipment. www.woodgroupgts.com

Wood Group is an international energy services company with $6bn sales, employing over 42,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Engineering, Wood Group PSN and Wood Group GTS  - providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.  www.woodgroup.com

Jonesboro, ARK City Water and Light is a municipal improvement district, organized under general and special acts of the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, decrees of the courts, and ordinances of the City of Jonesboro. It was organized in 1906 for the purpose of purchasing and controlling the then existing, privately owned water and light plant, and for the construction of sanitary sewers in the city. http://www.jonesborocwl.org/

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