Citing a significant growth in on-site power projects in Asia, GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine business has opened a new regional engine packaging operation at the company’s manufacturing site in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in southeast China.

The Hangzhou operation will allow the company to deliver a wider selection of customized, on-site power facilities and faster local customer service, GE says, adding that gas engines are popular in the region because they operate on either natural gas or a variety of other fuels, including coal mine gas, landfill gas, biogas, wood gas, sewage gas and industrial waste gas.

The new packaging operation is responsible for final assembly of the Jenbacher engine-generator sets and CHP units including the steel substructure, assembly of filters, ductwork and cabling. The site also features a paint shop as well as a modern test facility.

It will package about 30 engines in 2008 and plans to complete another 100 units in 2009, expanding its scope to also service the larger ‘Type 6’ engines.

‘Having reached a critical volume of gas engine orders in Asia, we recognized a priority to locate a new packaging facility in China,’ said Prady Iyyanki, CEO of GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine business.