GE on October 27 announced it has been awarded a 12-year services contract by Nevada utility NV Energy to help ensure the long-term reliability and availability of four key power plants within the company's generating fleet.

The agreement covers GE-designed 7FA/D11 gas and steam generation equipment at NV Energy's Frank A. Tracy, Chuck Lenzie, Harry Allen and Silverhawk combined-cycle power stations.

"Our strategic service agreement with GE is designed to increase the long-term reliability of our power plants and to help ensure maximum operational flexibility," said Kevin Geraghty, NV Energy's vice president of power generation. "Increasing the long-term reliability of our plants will help us control energy prices and meet the diverse energy demands of our customers."

"Our services agreement is the starting point of the strong partnership we look forward to growing with NV Energy to meet its requirements for service excellence and maximum operational flexibility and reliability," said James Kaveney, general manager of GE Energy Power Generation Services Americas.

"More utilities across the country are looking to GE as their preferred, long-term service agreement partner because we have the expertise and scale to help operators achieve greater savings and performance of their generating fleets," added Bill Jayne, GE Energy West region executive.

NV Energy is a Las Vegas-based electricity and natural gas utility that serves a 54,500-square-mile service territory and provides a wide range of energy services and products to approximately 2.4 million citizens of Nevada.