For years, crippling electricity shortages have plagued Pakistan, creating challenges for residents and businesses alike, and fixing the problem has become a priority for the Federal Government of Pakistan. To address this, GE (NYSE:GE) will provide two high-efficiency 9HA gas turbines, one steam turbine and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) to SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of PowerChina, for the new 1.2 gigawatt (GW) Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant.
The steam turbine and HRSGs have been engineered by Alstom, and with GE’s recent acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid businesses, they have been incorporated into GE’s portfolio. PowerChina will handle engineering, procurement and construction of the plant.
This project, the third GE has announced in Pakistan since October, marks the 5th and 6th HA turbines for Pakistan among a total of 33 worldwide orders for GE’s HA, the world’s largest, most efficient gas turbine. Together, Haveli, Balloki and Bhikki combined-cycle power plants will be able to provide the equivalent power needed to supply nearly 20 million Pakistani homes, which can fulfill more than 65 percent of the power shortage in Pakistan.
“We are taking action to provide sustainable, reliable energy that allows residents to live comfortable lives and local companies to consistently conduct business,” said Rashid Mahmood Langrial, CEO of National Power Park Management Company Limited (NPPMCL), the holding company of Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant. “The Haveli facility will help put power on the grid efficiently, using the most advanced technology available.”
“GE’s HA gas turbine and steam tail technologies going into the Haveli plant are both complementary and a standout in the industry,” said Joe Mastrangelo, president and CEO, gas power systems at GE Power. “At Haveli, Balloki and Bhikki plants, GE’s high efficiency technologies will help bring reliable power to the grid, so we can help Pakistan overcome shortages and meet its expanding energy needs."
Among key agreements in the country, GE has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Government of Pakistan to develop Pakistan’s energy resources to meet the projected demand of 54,000 megawatts by the year 2020.
Including the Haveli Bahadur Shah plant, 33 HA units have been ordered among 82 that have been technically selected by customers around the world. GE’s H-class technology has been embraced by customers in Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the United States, France, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Argentina.
GE’s HA gas turbines provide a combination of the most output, highest efficiency and best operational flexibility and lead the industry in total life cycle value. The 9HA offers a net combined-cycle efficiency of more than 62 percent and leads the industry with cleaner, reliable and cost-effective conversion of fuel to electricity.