On 16 December Mitsubishi Power, an arm of MHI, shipped three M701JAC gas turbines to the Fujairah F3 combined cycle power plant in the UAE from its Takasago Machinery Works in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The 2.4 GW plant will be the largest natural gas fired GTCC facility in the UAE, playing a crucial role in the country's power generation sector, while also contributing to the GCC's power grid.
The M701JAC operates at an efficiency greater than 64%, is given a reliability rating of 99.6%, and is said to be the lowest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of power when used in combined cycle. It is capable of operating on a mixture of up to 30 % hydrogen and 70 % natural gas, and can be converted to 100 % hydrogen firing.
These generators will be the core units of the F3 plant, owned and operated by Fujairah Power Company F3 LLC, a special purpose company (SPC) jointly owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (TAQA), Mubadala Investment Co, Marubeni Corp Hokuriku Electric Power Co. The plant is being built by the South Korean firm Samsung C&T Corporation. The 2020 order included the core equipment for the new plant, along with auxiliary machinery and accessory equipment, which is being built in a coastal area of Fujairah (Qidfa), approximately 300 km NE of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi. Its generation capacity of 2400 MWe will be the highest output ever for a gas- fired GTCC plant in the UAE. Full commercial operation is scheduled for 2023.
Mitsubishi Power is also dispatching engineers to provide support until the start of commercial operations, and, under a Long-Term Service Agreement for the project, will handle maintenance and repair of the generating facilities.
Commenting on this shipment, Khalid Salem, president of Mitsubishi Power MENA (Middle East & North Africa) and GTCC Business Unit Leader for EMEA, said: "This project is the first in the Middle East to utilise our advanced JAC-Series gas turbines … which boast the world's highest level of generating efficiency”.