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CNPC Data Center Power

Company to install GE cogeneration systems, provide critical power supply

Posted on January 17, 2013

The China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) will install five of GE’s Jenbacher cogeneration systems at a new data center CNPC is building in the Beijing district of Changping. The new power facility will be the first cogeneration plant built in China to meet an industrial data center’s on-site cooling and heating requirements, and will offer CNPC significant environmental benefits by using cleaner-burning natural gas.

CNPC is building the data center to support its new Technology Innovation Base in the National Independent Innovation Park in Changping. The Technology Innovation Base is the company’s center for petroleum engineering technology research and development, innovation and testing, product development and mechanical manufacturing.

China’s National Energy Administration Bureau approved the project, which will serve as a model for other data center power projects in China.

Powered by five GE 3.34 MW J620 Jenbacher cogeneration units, the 16.7 MW combined cooling and heating power plant (CCHP) will offer a total efficiency of up to 85% to minimize the data center’s energy costs, the company said. The power plant’s electricity also will support the regional grid.

GE will deliver the Jenbacher units by the end of April 2013. Commercial start-up is scheduled for the end of 2013.