GE Vernova starts commercial operations at JERA’s Futtsu power plant

5 September 2023

GE Vernova’s Gas Power business on 28 August announced the successful start of commercial operations for JERA’s 1.5 GW Futtsu power plant–Group 4 located in Chiba, Japan. It is powered by three GE 9HA.01 gas turbines. The 5.6 GW facility consists of four groups, is one of Japan's largest and most critical power generation facilities, and is Japan’s largest LNG terminal which receives over 11 million tons of LNG annually. It is owned and operated by JERA Co Inc.

GE Vernova, JERA and the EPC partner, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp had performed a flange-to-flange replacement to upgrade the installed three units to the advanced 9HA.01 technology with the aim of promoting enhanced performance, efficiency, and lower emissions.

"The completion of the flange-to-flange project at group 4 of the Futtsu Power Plant is testament to our dedication to continuously improving our power generation facilities energy generation," said JERA Futtsu Thermal Plant General Manager, Fumitaka Ninomiya. "The Futtsu facility has now reset the clock on crucial assets, delivering 1.5 GW of electricity with more efficient technology that can help reduce emissions by burning fuel more efficiently."

The project marks a significant milestone in Japan’s transition towards more sustainable and efficient power generation solutions, as outlined in the 6th Strategic Energy Plan. As part of the modernization GE has achieved the guaranteed gas turbine performance, which will result in an increase in availability and improvements in overall plant reliability.

In addition to an upgraded auxiliary system and upgraded Mark Vie control system for the gas turbine, steam turbine, and heat recovery steam generator GE Vernova will provide comprehensive equipment maintenance services for 12 years.

GE Vernova currently powers 50% of Japan’s gas power capacity with 130 units of gas turbines, plus a quarter of the country’s current installed capacity of onshore wind, as well as 1.6 GW of offshore wind projects including Akita Noshiro, Akita Yurihonjo, and Choshi. These will employ the Haliade-X, at 12, 13 or 14 MW the world’s highest rated offshore wind turbine, and scheduled to begin operations in 2030.

Image: Futtsu 4-3 Rotor installation

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