Alstom gas turbine unit enters commercial operation in China


The latest GT13E2 gas turbine has been successfully synchronized to the grid in open cycle mode at the Shenzhen Nantian Electric Power Company’s combined cycle power plant in Guangdong Province, China. The new unit will run alongside a GT13E2 installed at Nantian in 1995. As part of the deal Alstom also has a long term service agreement with Nantian covering three maintenance cycles for both GT13E2 units. The plant in combined-cycle mode is scheduled to enter commercial operation in April 2014.

The GT13E2 - the largest and most efficient gas turbine in its class - was chosen by major local power company Nantian for its excellent market-competitive qualities, including reliability, flexibility and resilient performance. In addition, the GT13E2 offers savings for the operator through reduced fuel use and lower emissions, marking it as a greener option and helping contribute to China’s clean energy agenda. Alstom’s GT13E2 turbines now represent a total generation capacity of more than 32 GW, recording over seven million operating hours globally, used in various configurations and industrial applications.

Based close to the centre of Shenzhen city, Nantian is the security power supply point for the area, making this a key project. By choosing Alstom’s flagship E-Class machine - with its depth peak load regulation capacity and unique fast frequency response - Nantian has demonstrated its confidence in the machine to safely and consistently power the local grid. 

"The customer has shown their continued trust in our gas turbine solutions to secure high efficiency, high availability and reliable service," said Steve Meszaros, Senior Vice President of Alstom’s Gas Business. "We are looking forward to making more contributions to the development of Chinese gas turbine sector through broader cooperation with local partners, and bringing quality products and services with competitive cost."

The gas turbine and associated generator set was supplied through a contract with Alstom’s long-term partner Harbin Turbine Co., Ltd, and joins more than 160 GT13E2 units sold into the worldwide conventional class turbine fleet. This partnership has previously seen Alstom win orders including two GT13E2 gas turbine generator sets for Huaneng Power International’s (HPI) Suzhou combined heat and power plant, and two sets of GT13E2 gas turbines for HPI’s Tongxiang plant in Zhejiang province.

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