1.2 GW power project for GE

By Jack Burke24 March 2021

Commercial operation expected in 2024

GE Power has won an order for 1.2 GW of power equipment in Malaysia.

The 1.2 GW Pulau Indah Power plant being built by the consortium of Posco Engineering & Construction (POSCO), Mitsubishi Corp. and PEC Powercon Sdn. Bhd. will be powered by GE’s HA gas turbine technology and will consist of a two-block combined cycle power plant. Additionally, for the Pulau Indah Power Plant project in Selangor, Malaysia, GE will provide a full spectrum of services solutions for 21 years.

For the Pulau Indah Power Plant, GE will provide two blocks of 600 MW, each including a GE 9HA.01 gas turbine, an STF-D650 steam turbine, a W88 generator and a Once Through Heat Recovery Steam Generator (OT HRSG). GE said its OT HRSG technology is a key enabler in advanced water-steam cycles delivering higher combined cycle efficiency, while GE’s 9HA is the company’s flagship and most efficient 50 Hz gas turbine. The natural gas fired Pulau Indah Power Plant is targeted to achieve commercial operations in 2024.

“Malaysia in particularly the state of Selangor has seen massive economic development, urbanization and population growth in the last three decades, which have been major drivers for its increasing demand for energy, although accompanied with increasing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Datin Paduka Norazlina Zakaria, Executive Director of Pulau Indah Power Plant Sdn. Bhd. (PIPP). “It was crucial for us to select a highly efficient technology, like GE’s 9HA.01, to help reduce the amount of fuel used to generate electricity, and working with GE to provide services and cost-effective performance improvements on the power generation equipment will help us achieve our goals.”

In its effort to reduce greenhouse gases under the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) Plan, Malaysia seeks to achieve 45% CO2 emissions reduction target by 2030 across key industries including power generation. Given the challenge of growing economies to reduce emissions, availability of viable lower carbon technology has become a critical focus. Under the plan, improving electricity generation efficiency in thermal power plants supports the country’s emission reduction goals.

The 1.2 GW Pulau Indah Power Plant will feature two of GE’s 9HA.01 gas turbines.

“We are proud to be a part of this exciting project. We bring more than 80 years of equipment production for gas power plants to Pulau Indah Power Plant project” said Ramesh Singaram, President and CEO of GE Gas Power Asia. “The 9HA gas turbine at its core was engineered from the ground up to be extremely efficient and flexible to help lower emissions. This includes high ramp rates and fast start up times to meet fluctuating demand, and the capability to burn up to 50% by volume of hydrogen when blended with natural gas. We see continued efficiency gains in the years to come.”

For the project, GE signed a 21-year services agreement with PIPP, a Special Purpose Vehicle led by two prominent shareholders namely Worldwide Holdings Berhad and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). Worldwide Holdings Berhad, being the Selangor state-linked company holds 75% shareholding of PIPP, while KEPCO, the largest electric utility company in South Korea, holds the remaining 25%.

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