Fast Power To Turkmenistan
360 MW from three power plants to help country reach growing needs
GE will provide its aeroderivative gas turbine technology to Çalık Enerji, the Turkish engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm handling this project. Three power plants will be built at the Akhal, Mary and Lebap sites as part of a 360 MW fast-track project. The Akhal and Mary sites are expected to enter commercial service by the end of 2013, with Lebap to follow in February 2014.
GE will supply nine of its LM6000 gas turbines. The Akhal site, near Ashgabat, will feature two LM6000-PF units and one LM6000-PC unit; the Mary site, located in the city of Mary, will house three LM6000-PC units; and the Lebap site, located in Turkmenabat, will feature three LM6000-PF gas turbines.
According to the International Energy Agency, natural gas plays a significant role in Turkmenistan’s overall energy consumption, with roughly one-third of the country’s gas fueling power generation while another third helps to operate the gas industry’s upstream and processing sector. However, the country faces challenges in bringing those reserves to the rest of the world because of geographical challenges and insufficient export pipeline infrastructure. As a result, GE said that Turkmenistan is a good fit for distributed power projects such as the ones at the Akhal, Mary and Lebap sites.