8 November 2002 – SK Engineering and Construction of Seoul, Korea have selected GE Power Systems’ F technology, for a new combined-cycle power plant in the Republic of Korea.
GE will supply four Frame 7FA gas turbine-generators, spare parts, technical services and training for the new plant, which will be owned and operated by SK Power of Seoul and is the company’s first independent power project. The plant will be built at KwangYang, Chulanam-do, in the southern region of the country.
The Frame 7FA gas turbines are rated at 170 MW, with NOx emissions limited to 20 parts per million at 13 per cent O2. The hydrogen-cooled generators for the project are rated at 229.7 MVA. Natural gas will be the fuel for the new plant, which will supply power to be sold to the country’s electricity grid.
The gas turbines will be manufactured at GE’s facility in Greenville, SC and the generators will be built in GE’s Schenectady, NY plant. The first two gas turbine-generators will be shipped in December of 2003 with commercial start-up scheduled for March of 2005. Units three and four will be shipped in June of 2004 and will enter commercial service in September of 2005.
While this is GE’s first order with SK Engineering and Construction, GE F technology is well established in Korea, with 26 Frame 7FA machines in operation or being installed for projects in the country.
“We are pleased that SK Power has selected our F technology, well proven in applications around the world, for this important project,” said Chi Choi, GE Power Systems Region Executive for Asia.
GE’s fleet of F technology gas turbines recently surpassed six million hours of commercial operation worldwide.