GE, CTCI Corporation and Southern Power Generation Sdn Bhd (SPG) have announced the start of commercial operations for Southern Power Generation’s Track 4A Power Plant, a 1440 MW CCGT plant in Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia. This site features GE’s first 9HA.02 CC power plant in commercial operation. The plant was constructed with the Taiwanese EPC partner, CTCI, and consists of two generating blocks. Under the terms of a 21 year agreement, GE will provide services and digital solutions to improve asset visibility, reliability and availability of the Track 4A plant.
The plant features two single-shaft generating blocks, each equipped with a 9HA.02 gas turbine and a STF-D650 steam turbine, driving a W88 generator and, for the first time installed in an H-Class Plant, a GE once through heat recovery steam generator. The combination is said to deliver higher combined cycle efficiency. The plant is controlled by GE’s Mark VIe integrated plant control system, equipped with a single operator interface and common troubleshooting tools for its operators.
GE will provide a full spectrum of digital solutions and plant improvement services, major inspections of the 9HA.02 gas turbines, along with technical advisory services. Overall plant performance will be monitored and enhanced with GE Digital’s Predix Asset Performance Management software to help improve asset visibility, reliability and availability while reducing operating and maintenance costs. In addition, data collected from sensors throughout the facility will be monitored and analysed 24/7 at GE’s monitoring and Diagnostics centre in Kuala Lumpur.
GE’s second-generation H-class fleet has accumulated more than 850 000 operating hours of commercial experience. The H-Class gas turbine portfolio currently has the capability to burn up to 50% by volume of hydrogen when blended with natural gas.