Italy’s Ansaldo Energia has open a new gas turbine production facility in the port city of Genoa.

It will be used to assemble the company’s range of gas turbines and, in particular, the GT 36, the latest generation 570-tonne maxi turbine.

What makes the new facility significant is its coastal location, which means that Ansaldo can now ship its turbines directly by sea, with Genoa being one of the busiest container ports in Europe.

Ansaldo chairman Giuseppe Zampini said the company hAnsaldo opens Genoa gas turbine plant and signs key China dealsad for a long time wanted direct access to sea transport, which was why it was essential to locate the entire production process in Genoa.

Meanwhile, key deals have been signed between Ansaldo Energia and Shanghai Electric Group – which holds a 40 per cent stake in Ansaldo – and by Chinese electric companies Shenergy Electric Group and Shanghai Electric Power.

A signing ceremony was attended by Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti Shanghai Communist Party Secretary Han Zheng, the highest political office in Shanghai.

The first two industrial cooperation agreements cover the construction of two power plants in the Shanghai area using the GT36 maxi gas turbines built in Italy and delivered from the new Cornigliano production facility in Genoa. The agreements allow Ansaldo to start penetrating the Chinese market with its gas turbine technology and to also consolidate its strategic partnership with Shanghai Electric Group, which has resulted in the two companies winning a market share of 30 per cent of the Chinese power generation market.

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