With Pakistan facing a projected 5 gigawatt (GW) energy shortfall, the Federal Government of Pakistan is moving forward with plans to avoid blackouts and meet growing power needs. As part of the government’s plan, GE (NYSE: GE) will provide two high-efficiency 9HA gas turbines, one steam turbine (engineered by Alstom and now incorporated into GE’s portfolio) and associated equipment to Harbin Electric International Company Limited (HEI) for the new 1.2 GW Balloki combined-cycle power plant. Harbin, a longtime business associate with GE, will handle engineering, procurement and construction of the plant.
This move follows the October announcement of the new 1.1 GW Bhikki combined-cycle power plant in Pakistan, which will also include two 9HA gas turbines and one steam turbine (engineered by Alstom); both the Bhikki and Balloki plants are expected to enter commercial operation in 2017. The Balloki plant marks the 24th and 25th worldwide orders for GE’s HA, the world’s largest, most efficient gas turbine. Together, Bhikki and Balloki will be able to provide the equivalent power needed to supply more than 12 million Pakistani homes.
Among key agreements in the country, GE has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government to develop Pakistan’s energy resources to meet the projected demand of 54,000 megawatts by the year 2020. GE will assist the government in achieving its goals by engaging in Pakistan's energy, transportation and water sectors and will work to identify potential sources of funding and explore potential investment opportunities in those sectors.
With the Balloki plant, 25 HA units have been ordered among 78 that have been technically selected* by customers around the world. GE’s H-class technology has been embraced by customers in Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the United States, France, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Argentina.
GE’s HA gas turbines provide a combination of the most output, highest efficiency and best operational flexibility and lead the industry in total life cycle value. The 9HA offers a net combined-cycle efficiency of more than 61 percent and leads the industry with cleaner, reliable and cost-effective conversion of fuel to electricity.
*A technical selection is one of the first steps in developing a new power plant. It means that if the power plant is constructed and commissioned, it will use GE gas turbines. Following technical selection, a developer will proceed with securing financing, permitting and more.