GE (NYSE: GE) and its technology partner, Nanjing Turbine & Electric Machinery Company, Ltd., (NTC), will supply two 6F 3-series gas turbines to Chinese power company Guodian Dianli for the Nanxun power plant near Huzhu city in Zhejiang province, China. The new cogeneration plant will provide electricity and industrial heating for the Nanxun development zone while supporting the Chinese government’s initiative for more efficient energy production with reduced emissions.
GE and NTC have been working together to supply 6B and 9E gas turbines to customers in China for nearly 30 years and in 2012, the two companies signed a technology transfer agreement for 6F 3-series gas turbines as well. With its mid-range output, high efficiency and low emissions compared to previous technology, the 6F 3-series gas turbine is especially well suited for cogeneration applications such as Nanxun.
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“NTC was our earliest partner for gas turbine manufacturing in China, and that relationship was key to winning this project. It demonstrates our long-term commitment and our local capabilities to provide products and technology that will produce the reliable power needed to support China’s continuing growth and progress,” said Victor Abate, president and CEO, Thermal Products for GE Power & Water.
GE will supply the key components of the 6F 3-series gas turbines (flange-to-flange) while NTC will produce the generator and steam turbine for the cogeneration plant. GE also will provide installation services, spare parts, gas turbine training, a distributed control system and steam turbine controls.
The 6F 3-series gas turbine is engineered for high cogeneration efficiency and long-cycle maintenance intervals, which will help Guodian Dianli meet its heating and electricity demands with lower costs. The gas turbine has a simple-cycle output of 77 megawatts (MW), approximately 135-MW exhaust energy, with NOx emissions of 15 parts per million and will reach around 71 percent cogeneration efficiency in Nanxun. The first unit for the Nanxun project will be shipped in October of 2013 while the second machine will be shipped in December 2013, with the new cogeneration plant expected to begin operation in the second quarter of 2014. The fuel source will be natural gas from China’s West to East Pipeline II.
Engineered for 50- or 60-hertz applications, the gear-driven 6F 3-series gas turbine addresses mid-sized power block needs with high performance. Its output range, high exhaust energy, full packaging and robust architecture make it well suited for a wide range of distributed power applications, including industrial cogeneration and district heating. The 6F 3-series gas turbine is part of GE’s portfolio of innovative distributed power solutions, providing customers with the ability to generate reliable and efficient power using a variety of fuels anywhere, whether on or off the grid. The technology has been proven in more than 4 million hours of operation worldwide, with 150 units sold worldwide and 10 units sold in China.
GE has been present in China since the early 1900s. Actively involved in China’s infrastructure development, GE has helped build the country with 270 gas turbines (10 6F 3-series gas turbines), 70 steam turbines, 50 gasification licenses and more than 1,000 wind turbines. Showing GE’s commitment to the region, GE’s China Technology Center in Shanghai is one of the company’s four global research centers.