Mitsubishi expands operations in EMEA
By Jack Burke27 May 2021
J-Series will be focus of new unit
Mitsubishi Power has expanded its operational footprint in Europe with the establishment of the Gas Turbine Combined Cycle (GTCC) EMEA Business Unit.
The new business unit will focus on the sale of the J-Series Air Cooled gas turbines, which are capable of operating on a mixture of up to 30% hydrogen and 70% natural gas. The turbines will be able to operate on 100% hydrogen in the future and can play a crucial role in helping countries across Europe meet ambitious net zero carbon emissions targets, the company said.
The new business unit will be located in Dubai. The new vice president GTCC Sales EMEA, Jose Aguas, will be based in Valencia, Spain and report to Business Unit Head Khalid Salem, who takes on a new role as GTCC Business Unit Leader EMEA in addition to his role as president, Mitsubishi Power Middle East and North Africa.
“Mitsubishi Power’s gas turbine combustion cycle technology leads the market in delivering a low carbon, stable power supply, when it is needed,” said Aguas. “The establishment of the new business unit will enable us to partner more closely across the value chain to provide high quality, reliable solutions that further enable the rapid transformation of Europe’s power supply.
“The UK is a global leader in decarbonization, with the country set to reach above 50% wind and solar power by 2030. However, as the power sector undergoes this deep transformation, it will also require steady sources of reliable power which don’t depend on favorable weather conditions. Natural gas has an important role to play in the UK’s future energy mix. Our GTCC technology offers cost effective, high efficiency power. As the cleanest power from non-renewables, the turbines can run a mix of natural gas and hydrogen that offer exciting possibilities for enabling the development of the country’s hydrogen economy in the coming decades.”
With ambitious net zero targets, governments across the region have begun the process of decommissioning coal-fired power stations and broadening their energy mix to include new sources of power generation.
In his new role, Aguas will lead efforts to grow Mitsubishi Power’s GTCC presence across Europe. An industry veteran, Aguas brings more than two decades of experience in the power generation industry to the role having worked extensively across renewables and gas combined cycles.