840 MW power plant planned for Greece

By Jack Burke20 March 2023

HA gas turbine will be second of its kind in the country

GE will provide power generation equipment for an 840 MW natural gas-fired power plant to be built in Alexandroupolis, Greece.

The power generated by the new plant will support the energy transition in Greece and the development of the Alexandroupolis region, GE said. The order comes from Greek Copelouzos Group’s Damco Energy S.A. (DAMCO).

Copelouzos Group’s Damco Energy ordered GE’s HA combined cycle plant equipment to power the new 840 MW Alexandroupolis plant in Greece. (Image: GE)

Alexandroupolis plant will be powered by an engineered equipment package that includes a GE 9HA.02 gas turbine, an STF-D650 steam turbine, a W88 generator, a triple pressure with reheat Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) and the Mark* VIe Distributed Control System (DCS) software solution. Additionally, GE will provide a full spectrum of power plant services for 14 years. The plant is expected to start operation in 2026. Public Power Corp. S.A. and DEPA S.A. will each participate with respectively 51% and 29% in the share capital of Alexandroupolis Electricity Production SA, the company that will finance, construct, own and operate the new power plant. DAMCO is the nominated EPC contractor by Alexandroupolis Electricity Production SA.

“Alexandroupolis power plant is in the crossroads of the natural gas network of the Balkan region,” said Andreas Diamandopoulos, General Manager, DAMCO. “It was crucial for us to select the most advanced technology, such as GE’s 9HA.02 gas turbine, to help secure the lowest cost of conversion from gas to electricity to support the energy transition in Greece. GE’s flexible, efficient, and reliable gas power generation equipment proved to be the best-suited technology to complement renewables’ growth in Greece.”

GE said gas power generation is expected to play a crucial role in creating a very different energy mix profile in Greece, facilitating the transition to a lower carbon future in Greece. According to IEA, energy sector reforms in Greece drive the decarbonization path in the country, with initiatives that support sustainable increases in efficiency and aim to expand the share of natural gas and renewable energy in the energy mix. The rapid growth of renewables presents system operators and energy suppliers with the increasingly difficult task of continuously ensuring a secure and reliable supply of energy.

“We have been working with Copelouzos Group for more than four years to develop a power generation project to support Greece’s commitment towards a reliable and lower carbon energy future,” said Joseph Anis, President & CEO, Europe, Middle East & Africa, GE Gas Power. “Adding capacity with new, high-efficiency combined cycle power offers a big potential to substantially reduce carbon emissions in the country, and this project combines GE’s turnkey expertise with GE’s leading combined cycle power plant technology to provide more flexible, sustainable and reliable electricity to the region for years to come.”

GE introduced H-Class technology to the industry 27 years ago. GE’s HA product portfolio was engineered to help support today’s flexible power generation model. GE’s advanced HA gas turbine is the technology of choice for more than 55 customers worldwide, and it will be the second of its kind in Greece.

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