With the global steel industry working to reduce the environmental impact of its production activities, GE (NYSE: GE) is supplying Japan steel producer JFE Steel Co. Ltd. with a heavy duty Frame 9E gas turbine system for an innovative steel gas-to-energy recovery project at the company’s East Japan Iron Works in Chiba City, near Tokyo.

Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corp. will install GE’s 9E gas turbine as well as a GE-designed 9A5 generator and associated equipment at JFE’s new 150 MW, multiple fuel, combined-cycle power plant. The sprawling steel mill operation produces about 8 million tons of crude steel annually, according to JFE.

The new combined-cycle plant will mainly use the steel mill’s own blast furnace and coke oven gases to generate on-site power for the mill’s operations and significantly reduce the site’s annual carbon dioxide emissions.

GE expects to begin delivering its generating equipment to Japan in December 2013. JFE’s East Japan Iron Works power plant is scheduled to begin operating in June 2015.

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