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GE Technology To Drive South Korean IGCC Plant

Posted on January 10, 2012

Korea Western Power Co. (KOWEPO) has selected GE technology for the first integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant to be built in South Korea and one of the first in Asia. The 300 MW “cleaner coal” facility will help the South Korean government meet its low carbon emissions targets, while bolstering the country’s electricity supply, GE said.

GE will supply a 7F Syngas Turbine, a D11 steam turbine, a heat recovery steam generator and a cyber security-featured Mark VIe integrated control system (ICS) that will run the power island control system for the new plant. GE also will provide 10 years of maintenance services for the facility, located 20 km northwest of the city of Taean-Eub and about 100 km south of Seoul.

The Taean IGCC project is the first commercial gasification combined-cycle plant to be developed under South Korea’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS), GE said. The government has provided research and development funding for the gasification process.

Specifically designed for IGCC applications, GE’s 7F Syngas Turbine operates on syngas fuel produced from coal. For the Taean plant, the turbine will operate on syngas produced from the gasification of low BTU coal. Key equipment for the project will be shipped during the first half of 2014, with the plant’s commercial operation to start in late 2015.

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