GE reports milestones in Asian power projects

GE Industrial & Power Systems Asia has reached milestones in delivery and commercial start-up for several significant Asian projects including the 2,500-MW Black Point plant in Hong Kong, Tokyo Electric Power Co.`s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) plant, the Tokyo Electric Yokohama advanced combined-cycle plant and the Port Dickson Independent Power Project in Malaysia.

The first two GE gas turbines for Black Point are being installed. They are part of the first two combined-cycle units for the plant. These units, scheduled for commercial operation in July and August 1995, will initially use distillate oil. Gas-fired commercial operation of both units is set for January 1996. Two more combined-cycle units are scheduled to come on-line each year until eight units are operating in 1999. This schedule will add approximately 625 MW of new power a year over the four-year period.

The Black Point plant is owned by Castle Peak Power Company Ltd., a joint venture between Exxon Energy and China Light & Power Co. A consortium of GEC Alsthom and GE is designing and supplying eight single-shaft, 109FA combined-cycle systems for the project.

Black Point will be the first natural gas-fired power plant in Hong Kong. Natural gas will be piped from the South China Sea to the plant site at the west tip of the New Territories in Hong Kong.

The 440-MW Port Dickson gas power plant in Malaysia has entered commercial operation. The four gas turbines are operating in simple cycle, with plans to convert to combined-cycle. Port Dickson Power Sdn Bhd, a private power group, is the plant owner. The group consists of Sime Darby Bhd, Malaysia`s largest conglomerate, with a 40 percent share; Malaysian Resources Corp. Bhd, 30 percent; Hypergantic Sdn Bhd, 20 percent; and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), 10 percent. TNB will buy the plant`s power under a 21-year agreement.

GE recently shipped more than (US)$120 million in equipment to Tokyo Electric Power Co.`s ABWR plant. The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station begins field tests in late 1994, with Units 6 and 7 set to enter commercial operation in 1996 and 1997. Manufacturing responsibilities for the two units are shared by GE, Toshiba and Hitachi.