Siemens (NYSE: SI) has received its first order from Japan for delivery of two H-Class gas turbines. The two SGT5-8000H gas turbines will form the core of the combined cycle power plant of Kobe Steel, Ltd. (KOBELCO) in Moka City, Tochigi Prefecture in Japan. Customer is Fuji Electric Co, Ltd., Japan, who will be erecting the plant on a turnkey basis for the end customer KOBELCO at its site. The plant is located inland some 50km west from the shore of the Pacific Ocean and therefore equipped with an air-cooled condenser. It is scheduled to begin commercial operation at the end of 2019. Approval of the environmental impact assessment for the power plant, which will have the most efficient machine in this performance category in the world, is expected to be granted in mid-2016.
With an installed capacity of more than 1.2 gigawatts and an efficiency level of more than 61 percent, this will be the most powerful and most efficient gas-fired power plant in the country. Siemens will be supplying two SGT5-8000H gas turbines, each with a capacity of 400 megawatts, along with the associated auxiliary systems.
The fleet of Siemens H-class gas turbines achieved more than 100,000 equivalent operating hours at the end of September 2014. Including this order, Siemens has now sold 41 H-class gas turbines worldwide. Thirteen of these machines are currently in successful commercial operation with a high degree of starting reliability and availability.
"We are pleased that we have now been able to enter onto the Japanese market with our innovative and yet extensively proven gas turbine after selling them in South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Our H-Class turbine series, with its record-setting levels of performance and efficiency, is excellently suited for countries which need to meet their power demands quickly and with the latest technology and using machines with proven reliability", declares Roland Fischer, CEO of the Siemens Division Power and Gas.