China’s State Power Investment Corporation and Italy’s Ansaldo Energia are to work together to develop a new heavy-duty gas turbine.

The two companies signed a MoU deal in Beijing confirming that they will collaborate on research and development work on heavy duty gas turbines. Ansaldo will provide specialized training and technical advice to SPIC engineers.Ansaldo in pact for heavy duty gas turbines in China

Ansaldo Energia chief executive Giuseppe Zampini said the alliance “is part of Ansaldo Energia’s strategy to reinforce the already strong alliance with key players in the Chinese power generation sector”.

“The Chinese National Plan for heavy duty gas turbines is a significant initiative for Ansaldo Energia and also has the support of the Italian government, in a spirit of consolidating a long-lasting partnership with Chinese industry and in accordance with Chinese government strategy to develop independent Chinese gas turbine technology”.

Ansaldo Energia is 59,9 per cent owned by CDP Equity in the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group, an Italian state-owned entity, with the remaining 40 per cent held by Chinese power generation machinery and mechanical equipment manufacturer Shanghai Electric.