GE has received an order from Chinese state-owned power utility Guangdong Energy Group for three 9HA.02 gas turbines. They will go to the Dongguan Ningzhou combined cycle power plant in Guangdong province, in the Greater Bay Area of China. GBA is an agglomeration of cities put forward by China to strengthen international co-operation and promote lower-carbon, inclusive, co-ordinated and sustainable development. The project is the first H-class gas turbine planned by local government after policy reform in the Greater Bay Area, focused on the coal-to-gas energy transition.
The plant will add 2.4 GWe to the Guangdong province in alignment with national goals to transition from coal to natural gas and it will become one of the largest gas power plants on the country’s mainland. GE’s local partner on this project, Harbin Electric, will provide steam turbine, generator and balance-of-plant equipment for Ningzhou power plant and it is expected to be operational in 2022.
China’s government is committed to the coal to gas transition and is implementing a policy to reduce coal’s share to under 58% of the energy mix.
“Dongguan Ningzhou power plant is expected to become one of the largest gas plants in mainland China and plays a significant role in promoting the world’s lower-carbon and sustainable development” said Yang Dan, president of GE Gas Power China.
GE’s HA gas turbine portfolio is one of the world’s fastest-growing fleets with more than 100 units ordered by more than 45 customers across 20 countries. As of October 2020, GE’s second-generation H-class fleet, with HA technology, has accumulated more than 745 000 operating hours of commercial experience.