GE’s GTs to power Kazakhstan’s first CHP plant

14 February 2023

As part of modernisation of the Kazakhstan power infrastructure, Aksa Energy is to build a combined heat and power plant to supply the Kyzylorda region.

The new 240 MW plant, expected to be commissioned in 2025, will be powered by two GE’s 6F.03 gas turbines. GE will also provide maintenance services to help ensure long-term availability and reliable operation for the equipment.

The project represents a step in the country’s energy system transformation aimed at reducing coal baseload generation, supporting renewable energy balancing and eventually reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2060.

Kazakhstan is making progress to improve grid stability and is committed to modernise its power infrastructure as part of its long term objectives. The country’s power infrastructure has been operating for an average of 40 years, and it is heavily reliant on elderly coal-fired power generation. The new CHP plant will help address the growing demand for reliable and flexible power, while balancing renewable energy and supporting coal phase out. 

GE’s 6F.03 turbines are said to draw on the best of GE’s scaled H and F-Class technology, offer quick installation and have a large and diversified installed base across 40 countries, with more than 200 of these units in operation globally. This contract is the latest in GE’s long-term collaboration in Kazakhstan. GE gas turbine technology powers major oil & gas projects, including in Karachaganak, Kashagan and Tengiz regions, and its exhaust gas filtration systems reduce carbon emissions at a number of the country’s energy facilities.

Image: GE's 6F.03 gas turbine (courtesy of GE)

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