The ‘first fire’ of a gas turbine has been completed at EDF’s new combined-cycle power plant in Bouchain, France.

The GE 9HA.01 gas turbine successfully started up and accelerated to full speed and means that installation work at the plant is now almost complete and the unit is expected to enter commercial service in mid-2016.Inside the control room at EDF's Bouchain power plant, France

GE said that the ‘first fire’ was the latest in a “year of milestones for the 9HA”.

The turbine underwent validation testing in January at GE’s test centre in Greenville, US and in May the first 9HA.01 production unit was completed at GE’s gas turbine manufacturing facility in Belfort, France.