A first for GE’s 9HA.01 in China

By Jack Burke01 February 2021

Coal-to-gas switch

GE announced the start of commercial operation of the 661 MW Junliangcheng Power Plant in Tianjin City, China.

GE provided the power generation equipment for the new combined heat and power (CHP) gas power plant that replaced the existing coal-fired power plant.

A GE9HA.01 gas turbine.

The new plant, owned by China Huadian Tianjin Junliangcheng Power Generation Co., features the first commercially operating GE 9HA.01 technology in China. In addition to the 9HA.01 gas turbine, GE supplied the Mark* VIe Distributed Control Solution, for full combined cycle plant control and operation, while GE’s local partner on this project, Harbin Electric, provided the steam turbine, generator and balance-of-plant equipment for Juliangcheng.

A spokesperson for China Huadian said the company is accelerating the modernization of its power plant assets in alignment with China’s national emissions reduction goals.

Following the coal-to-gas transition, Junliangcheng plant is expected to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) and NOx emissions by approximately 1194 and 7775 tons per year respectively.

GE said China’s rapid economic and population growth, combined with its significant manufacturing industry and mass migration into centrally heated cities, have increased the country’s demand for energy and heat. Recognizing the increase in power demand and the environmental challenges that are associated with its long-term reliance on coal, the Chinese government has announced their plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, confirmed by the recent pledge to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

“By providing GE’s H-class leading technology, we helped China Huadian reduce Juliangcheng plant’s environmental impact significantly” said Yang Dan, president of GE Gas Power China. “Coal-to-gas switching by retiring existing coal-fired capacity and replacing it with new, high efficiency combined cycle capacity offers massive potential to combat climate change, and we are honored to support our customers like China Huadian in this transition.”

Rooted in China for over 40 years, GE has been delivering innovative products and services that create significant value for our gas power generation customers to tackle energy transition challenge. GE Gas Power serves over 100 customers’ more than 200 fleets in China’s mainland, with an installed power capacity of 46 GW. In addition, GE announced a new order of three 9HA.02 gas turbines from a power plant in Guangdong province this year. The plant is expected to be operational in 2022, adding 2.4 GW of power, the equivalent electricity needed to power more than 4 million homes in the Greater Bay Area.

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