GE Gas Power and Harbin Electric have received an order from Chinese state-owned power utility Shenzhen energy Group for power generation equipment for its Guangming combined cycle power plant, located in Shenzhen Guangming district of Guangdong province. Powered by three GE 9HA.01 gas turbines, the plant is expected to deliver up to 2 GW of electricity to the most populous province in the country, population 126 million. Plans are for the first unit to be operational by end of 2023, to coincide with the retirement of the Guangdong Shajiao coal-fired power complex which is scheduled for 2025.

China is actively working to promote its energy transition including the change from coal-based power generation to gas-fired technologies. Over the past decades, coal-fuelled power has fallen from approximately 72.4 % in 2005 to 56.8 % in 2020 of China’s energy consumption. The Chinese government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions; it has undertaken to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

The plant will be powered by record-setting technology: in 2016, GE and EDF officially inaugurated the first ever combined-cycle power plant equipped with GE’s 9HA gas turbine in Bouchain, France. On that day, GE was also recognised for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant by achieving at Bouchain something never seen before: converting fuel to electricity at a record 62.22 % efficiency rate.  GE 9HA.01/9HA.02/7HA.03 gas turbines have the capability to burn up to 50% by volume of hydrogen when blended with natural gas—offering a future pathway for even lower or near-zero carbon emitting operations.

For this project, Harbin Electric will provide steam turbines and generators. The joint venture General Harbin Electric Gas Turbine (Qinhuangdao) was formed in 2019 by GE and Harbin Electric as a joint effort to focus on heavy duty gas turbine localisation.