GE technology to help increase reliability in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan, February 23, 2011 — To help meet Pakistan’s continuing need for more power, the government has launched a policy to replace aging and sometimes inefficient power plants with more efficient, modern technology facilities.

The first project expected under that initiative, a 750-MW combined-cycle plant in Guddu, would feature advanced technology F-class gas turbines from GE.

Developed by the Pakistan Electric Power Co., the new facility is expected to be Pakistan’s most efficient and largest combined-cycle plant. It would be a first step toward helping Pakistan meet its power deficit, which today is estimated to be 4,500 MW.

“Energy deficiency is hurting the industrial sector, and domestic and commercial activities also are affected, due to continuous load shedding of eight to 10 hours in rural areas and four to six hours in urban areas,” said Tahir Basharat Cheema, managing director of PEPCO. “With its high efficiency, the new Guddu plant will help reduce the country’s demand/supply gap.”

GE will supply two Frame 9FA gas turbines and associated generators, which are expected to be shipped to the project site by the end of 2011 and installed by September 2012, with full plant commercial operation expected by mid-2013.

The scope of GE’s contract also includes controls systems, installation services, performance testing of the gas turbines and customer training.

The 9FA gas turbine is part of GE’s family of F-technology gas turbines. More than 1,000 GE F-class machines are installed worldwide and have compiled more than 33 million operating hours.

The new plant is an expansion for the Guddu site, which already includes steam plants that have been in service for more than 40 years and a combined-cycle plant that has been operating with GE technology since the mid-1980s.

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