Mitsubishi Power, a subsidiary of the MHI Group, has received an order for two M701JAC gas turbines, the company’s latest model in its air-cooled J-Series, for a 1500 MW class natural-gas-fired combined cycle power plant under construction in Sirdarya, Uzbekistan. The order follows the conclusion of an equipment supply agreement for the Sirdarya project between ACWA Power China Gezhouba Group (CGGC) as the appointed project EPC contractor.

The Sirdarya project was planned by the government of Uzbekistan to provide cleaner, more efficient and cost-competitive gas power that can be utilised across industries in Uzbekistan. This new plant will have capacity equivalent to 8% of Uzbekistan’s total generation capability and will be able to meet 15% of the country’s overall power demand when complete. Construction of the new power plant will also lead to the partial closure of existing Sirdarya thermal power plants, improving overall system efficiency, which is expected to result in a reduction in CO2 emissions of 2.2 million tons per year.

Mitsubishi Power will also provide technical advisers to support construction and commissioning and 25-year long term service agreement (LTSA) to support reliable operation.

The JAC-Series are gas turbines featuring a forced-air-cooled combustor system and an optimised cooling structure. They have an extra-thick-film thermal barrier coating that enables more advanced cooling of turbine blades, and they adopt a compressor with a high pressure ratio.