GE is to introduce its 9HA gas turbine to China for the first time after signing a deal for a 650 MW combined-cycle plant with Harbin Electric Corp.

The turbine – which is GE’s largest and most efficient – will be installed at the Huadian Tianjin Junliangcheng VI plant, which is being converted from a coal-fired power station.

Joe Mastrangelo, president of GE Gas Power Systems, called the deal a “milestone” for both the company and for China. “Bringing the HA to China is important for the acceleration of China’s power industry, enabling more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable power generation.”

In the last decade, the Chinese gas electricity industry has seen surging growth of 334 per cent. The government’s 13th Five Year Plan of Electricity Development estimates that from 2015 to 2020 the installed capacity of gas electricity will increase by more than 10 per cent, reaching 110 GW.

In a statement, GE said that the combined-cycle power plant featuring the 9HA turbine “is well positioned to answer the nation’s call for cleaner energy and infrastructure improvement”.

The company said the Junliangcheng plant is expected to bring a combined-cycle efficiency of over 62 per cent, reduce SOx emission by up to 1194 tonnes, NOx emissions by up to 500 tonnes, and CO2 emissions by more than two million tonnes per year.

It will also be able to provide a heat supply up to 14.5 million square meters to be available for the city centre and the outer regions of Tianjin.

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