In line with the planned schedule, all units of the Jinzhai pumped storage power plant in China have been successfully connected to the grid, completed 15 days of trial operation, and are now in commercial operation. Under the contract signed in 2017, GE Hydro Solutions was selected by Anhui Jinzhai Pumped Storage Power Co., one of the divisions of State Grid Xin Yuan, to supply four new 300 MW pumped storage turbines and generators as well as the balance of plant equipment for the plant, which is located in Jinzhai County, Anhui Province. The first two units were connected to the grid in October 2022.
The 1.2 GW power project will ‘play a key role in the journey to a stronger energy mix’ in the country. The project’s annual generating capacity represents about 1.4 times the annual household electricity consumption in Jinzhai. The plant is expected to avoid the combustion of up to 120000 tons of coal, and reduce 240 000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, every year.
Image: The Jinzhai pumped storage power plant in China