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GE To Pack On Power In Pakistan

Posted on February 23, 2011

To help meet Pakistan’s continuing need for more power, the government has launched a policy to replace aging and sometimes inefficient power plants with modern technology facilities.

The first project expected under that initiative is a 750 MW combined-cycle plant in Guddu, Pakistan, that would incorporate advanced technology F-class gas turbines from GE. Developed by the Pakistan Electric Power Co. (PEPCO), the new facility is expected to be Pakistan’s most efficient and largest combined-cycle plant, and it would help meet the country’s estimated 4500 MW power deficit, according to GE.

GE will supply two Frame 9FA gas turbines and associated generators, which are expected to be shipped to the project site by the end of the year and installed by September 2012, with full plant commercial operation expected by mid-2013. The scope of GE’s contract also includes controls systems, installation services, performance testing of the gas turbines and customer training.

The new plant is an expansion for the Guddu site, which already includes steam plants that have been in service for more than 40 years and a combined-cycle plant that has been operating with GE technology since the mid-1980s.

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