GE Power hosted Pakistan 9HA Tech Conference

GE Photo Release - GE Showcases Commitment to Powering Pakistan at Tech Conference (Dec 09, 2019)

Islamabad(Cliff News)GE Power hosted the Pakistan 9HA Tech Conference in Islamabad,welcoming government officials, industry experts, power plant owners and operators,consultants, and others. The event highlighted the contributions of GE’s 9HA gas turbine technology and teams in meeting Pakistan’s energy needs and strengthening community infrastructure.Access to affordable, reliable, flexible and sustainable electricity is critical to growing economies and fundamental to improving quality of life in the modern world. Equipped with two units each of GE’s 9HA gas turbines, Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited’s (QATPL’s) Bhikki, and National Power Parks Management Company’s (NPPMCL’s)Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki power plants have now been operational for over a year. The projects can generate up to 3,600megawatts (MW) in total, the equivalent electricity needed to supply over 7 million Pakistani homes. Together, the plants have achieved over 80,000 operating hours to date, helping to meet a significant part of the country’s previous energy gap. They have also delivered the highest net efficiency levels of any gas power plant in the country – up to 62.44% at Haveli Bahadur Shah – leading to the least cost conversion of gas to electricity, as well as lower fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions per megawatt of power generated.Speaking at the event, Arif Saeed, Chairman Service Industries and former Chairman of the Boards of QATPL and NPPMCL said, “The Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki projects were executed at the lowest per MW engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) costs in Pakistan’s history, with the highest levels of efficiency. The project, fuel and operations and maintenance savings over the lifetime of the plants come up to $7.5 billion, benefiting millions of Pakistanis for years to come. The strict adherence to public procurement rules and the adoption of GE’s 9HA technology played a critical role in helping to unlock these benefits.”Today, GE’s HA technology is the fastest growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines in the world, having achieved several notable milestones. Over 100 units of the technology have been ordered globally from more than 40 customers across over 18 countries. The HA turbine has also been recognized for powering the world’s most efficient power plants in both the 50-hertz and 60-hertz energy segments.The high operational flexibility offered by the technology, which can ramp power production up and down quickly, can also help to enhance grid stability in countries such as Pakistan that are adding more intermittent supplies of renewable power to their energy mix.Moreover, GE continues to invest in the advancement of its HA technology, launching the 7HA.03, the world’s largest, most-efficient, highest-capacity 60-hertz gas turbine. It offers up to 134 MW more than GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbine and substantial improvements in three key areas: greater capacity and performance, enhanced flexibility, and lower capital costs and installation time. The new 7HA.03 will power Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Dania Beach Clean Energy Center near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Beyond bringing industry-leading solutions to Pakistan, GE continues to build on a vibrant spirit of volunteerism andcommunity service in the country. Recently, GE Power’s team at the Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant undertook refurbishment and repair works at the Government Girls High School Haveli Bahadur Shah in district Jhang. They also provided much-needed school supplies, furniture and water coolers. More than 980girls study at the school and benefited from the activities. Dr. Firdous Kosar, the principal of the school said, “We are thankful for GE’s generous contributions, which have helped to create a more comfortable learning environment for our students and illustrate their commitment to improving the lives of our future generations.”“GE has been honored to support the development of Pakistan’s infrastructure for more than fifty years. In the power sector, we have provided advanced solutionsto utilize various energy sources, including natural gas, coal, wind, hydro, and others,” said Adel Masaad, General Manager of GE Power in the Gulf and South Asia.“Today, GE-built technologies can generate up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity. We remain committed to building further on this legacy by continuing to bring leading technologies to Pakistan, creating the infrastructure needed for faster socio-economic development, nurturing local talent, andvolunteering for community-building efforts.”

About GE:

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. www.ge.com

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. 

 

GE signs agreements to supply equipment for Thar Energy Plant

Islamabad(Cliff News)GEPower (NYSE: GE) announced that it haswon equipment and services deals worth more than US$ 60 million to power and provide critical maintenance services for a period of 12 years for the 330 megawatts (MW) Thar Energy Limited (TEL) Power Plant in Pakistan. The collaboration further demonstrates GE’s advanced technologies and reinforces its leadership as a trusted partner throughout the lifecycle of a power plant.Khalid Mansoor, CEO HUBCO said, “We are committed to supporting Pakistan in achieving power self-sufficiency and our focus on using our country’s own resources is testament to this. In driving the TEL project, we are using proven world-class technology by GE, which has demonstrated its long-term efficiency and reliability using similar fuels internationally. The inclusion of a multi-year services agreement furthers GE and Hubco’s cooperation, and not only marks a new milestone in our long-lasting relationship but also in Pakistan’s ambitions for a secure energy future.”The TEL Power Plant is owned by Thar Energy Limited – a consortium of the Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco), FaujiFertilizer Limited (FFC) and China Machinery & Engineering Corporation (CMEC). The power plant will use Pakistani lignite coal from the local Thar Block II mine and supply power to the national grid under a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The 330 MW TEL power plant is expected to commence commercial operations in March 2021, and once in operation will provide the equivalent electricity needed to supply up to 600,000 Pakistani households. TEL is a part of the larger 1,320 megawatts (4×330 MW) Thar Block II integrated-mining and power plant plan, which is also included in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) program.Hubco currently produces 1,601 MW through three plants located at Hub, Narowal and Azad Jammu Kashmir. It is the only power producer in Pakistan that is executing three projects worth over US$ 3 billion, listed in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), namely the 1,320 MW imported coal-based China Power Hub Generation Company (Private) Limited (CPHGC) at Hub, the 330 MW Thar lignite-based Thar Energy Limited (TEL) at Thar and the Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Limited (SECMC) developing Block II of Thar Coal Field.“The signature of these new agreements marks another milestone in our very strong partnership with Hubco to serve Pakistan’s power generation sector better,” said Michael Keroulle, CEO of GE’s Steam Power business in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey.“The TEL plant is using GE’s advanced technology to generate power in an efficient way from Thar lignite, which is a challenging fuel, and these new agreements will allow us to support Hubco to operate the plants in the most reliable way. We thank Hubco for their trust in GE.”GE will provide its advanced Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) boiler and its steam turbine generator technology for the TELPower Plant. Thar lignite coal contains up to 50 percent moisture and low ash content, making it significantly challenging to burn reliably. GE’s boiler technology has been a preferred technology-of-choice on Thar lignite fired power plants because of GE’s successful track record burning similarly challenging fuels in Europe and North America. Pakistan has about 180 billion tons of lignite reserves and GE’s technology can help the country use this indigenous resource instead of importing more expensive fuels to increase energy independence and save foreign exchange reserves.Under the Multi-Year Agreement (MYA),GE will provide critical services to support maintenance outages, including the supply of spare parts, on-site inspections and advisory services for improved operations of both the boiler and steam turbine generator at the TEL power plant for 12 years. GE and Hub Power Services Limited (HPSL) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Hubco – also signed a broader Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Collaboration Agreement, where the two companies intend to explore opportunities to jointly provide O&M services to coal-fired power plants in Pakistan and the broader Middle East and North Africa region. The collaboration will bring together GE’s experience in enhancing the availability and efficiency of critical power equipment with Hubco’s experience in providing O&M skills for power plants.Globally today, GE’s steam turbines equip up to 30 percent of coal-fired steampower plants and 50 percent of the world’s nuclear power plants. In Pakistan, GE has supported the development of energy infrastructure for more than 50 years. Today, GE-built technologies cangenerate the equivalent power needed to supply up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity.“Coal is a vital part of the energy mix in Pakistan. GE’s technology for coal-fueled power plants is proven, reliable, affordable, and an industry leader in efficiency, leading to lower emissions. The TEL project will generate up to 330MW to help the country bridge the gap between electricity demand and available supply, reiterating our commitment to support the development of Pakistan’spower sector,” said Sarim Sheikh, President & CEO of GE Pakistan and Central Asia.

About GE:

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. www.ge.com

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. 

GE signed Principles of Cooperation with Iraqi Ministry of Electricity

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Baghdad,Iraq(Cliff News)GE (NYSE: GE) signed Principles of Cooperation (POC) with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to develop the country’spower sector. The plan is expected to generate up to 14 gigawatts (GW) of power, create up to 65,000 direct and indirect jobs, support the government to realize savings and recoverable losses of up to $3 billion per year, establish a local technology center and support water and healthcare access.The POC was signed by Minister QasimAl Fahdawi, Iraq’s Minister of Electricity, and Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Power Services in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. The comprehensive plan builds on GE’s legacy of continuous presence and commitment to bring progress to the people of Iraq over the past 50 years, and is comprised of the following key tenets:Supporting the path to energy securitywith 14 GW. As an immediate priority, GE will deploy proven fast power technologies and undertake upgrades atexisting power plant sites to bring approximately 1.5 GW of additional power online by 2019 – the equivalent electricity needed to supply up to 1.5million Iraqi homes, as well as undertake maintenance and rehabilitation servicesto secure the availability of another 7 GWthat are currently operating. In addition, the agreement includes upgrades and services for existing power plants; the conversion of simple cycle power plants to combined cycle, which can help bring new power online without consuming additional fuel or releasing further emissions; as well as the establishment of new power plants with efficient, reliable power generation technology.Furthermore, GE will develop substations and overhead lines across the country, and a centralized energy management system covering generation, transmission and distribution. These initiatives will add up to 14 GW of power and strengthen grid connectivity.Realizing $3 billion in savings and recoverable losses annually. Overall, GE’s activities will help the Government realize savings and recover losses of up to $3 billion per year. Repairs, maintenance, upgrades and other services will help to reduce the operating costs of existing power plants. To further improve the transmission and distribution of power, GE will undertake comprehensive decongestion network studies, as well as advisory services to reduce collection recoverable losses. In addition, GE is offering its unique solution for integrating the capture of flared gas and power generation using GE’s advanced Gas to Power technologies. In July, Baker Hughes, a GE company signed a contract with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil for a modular natural gas plant solution for flared gas recovery in the Nassiriya and Al Gharrafoilfields.GE will assist the Government of Iraq to unlock financing for these projects through its extensive relationships with Global Export Credit Agencies and financial institutions.As part of the proposals included in the POC, as well as GE’s commitment to a shared future and the progress of the Iraqi people, the company also expects to:Build local capabilities. GE plans to establish a local Technology Center comprising of a Repairs Center, a Monitoring & Diagnostics Center and a Training Center.Contribute towards providing critical services to local communities. GE intends to supply three trailer-mounted mobile water treatment units to help deliver drinking water to contribute to the everyday needs of the people of Basra. The company also plans to provideneonatal intensive care equipment and advanced medical care training for nursing staff at a neonatal intensive care center to meet the need for specialized healthcare services.Mussab Almudaris, official spokesperson of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said,“Our focus is on rebuilding Iraq to provide stable, sustainable development for our people, and developing the electricity sector is a critical component of these efforts. GE’s action plan is an ideal fit for our needs, offering a holistic package that brings industry-leading technologies, financing and social services to meet our most critical immediate and long-term needs.”Russell Stokes, President & CEO of GE Power said, “Our presence in Iraq is based on a history of trust, partnership and success that spans over 50 years. We are honored to support the government’s focus on rebuilding Iraq, and we are proud of our legacy of delivering power where needed in the country. We understand how important it is to deliver power immediately and our holistic action plan brings together advanced solutions, financing, local investments, trainings and social services that are expected to benefitfamilies, businesses and industries across Iraq.”GE employs up to 300 people in Iraq and has three offices in the country – in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil. Today, GE and its partner CFMI power more than 90 percent of the aircrafts operated by Iraqi Airways, the company’s technologies contribute up to 55 percent of the current electricity production in Iraq and nearly 4,000 GE Healthcare products are deployed in hospitals and clinics across the country.

 

 

QATPL,HEI and GE announce the start of combined cycle commercial operations

Lahore(Cliff News)Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited (QATPL), Harbin Electric International Company Limited (HEI) and GE Power (NYSE: GE) announced the completion of combined cycle commissioning activities and  the start of full-fledged commercial operations on May 20, 2018, 00:00 hours at the Bhikki Power Plant. The facility is now adding up to 1,180 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid – the equivalent power needed to supply up to 2.4 million Pakistani homes.The plant is owned by QATPL, HEI is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, responsible for setting up the power plant and all commissioning activities and GE has supplied two advanced HA heavy-duty gas turbines, associated equipment and technical advisory services for the facility.“We realize that the country’s energy needs are immediate and growing and have left no stone unturned in meeting these needs,” said Mr. Akhtar Hussain, Chief Operating Officer of QATPL. “Bhikki Power Plant is expected to run for up to 30 years and will help to power homes, villages, towns and cities across Pakistan. The selection of GE’s HA gas turbines, which have helped to deliver world record levels of combined cycle efficiency, will help ensure that the power generated at Bhikki is reliable, affordable and leaves a smaller environmental footprint than average, to the benefit of millions of Pakistanis.”GE’s HA technology has now helped to deliver two world records – one for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, based on achieving 63.08 percent gross efficiency at Chubu Electric Nishi-Nagoya Power Plant Block-1 in Japan and another for helping EDF’s Bouchain Power Plant achieve 62.22 percent net combined cycle efficiency in France. Furthermore, the HA can ramp up or down quickly, while still meeting emissions requirements to help maintain grid stability. It thus offers an excellent flexible complement to renewable sources as Pakistan increases the proportion of solar and wind power in the energy mix, which is intermittent in nature and can fluctuate by time of day and season.Mr. Li Chao, Chief Operation Officer of HEI and General Director of 1st Power Division of HEI added,“The Bhikki Power Plant is a testament to our commitment to power Pakistan and fuel progress. Each stakeholder involved in this project went the extra mile to cooperate, promote and benefit from one another’s expertise to bring power online at an accelerated timeframe.”Mr. Mohamad Ali, President & CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems – Projects in the Middle East, Pakistan and India, added: “Uninterrupted, affordable power is a cornerstone of modern societies.  The successful completion of the Bhikki Power Plant will benefit communities, businesses and industries across Pakistan and lead the way in helping to secure the country’s energy future. We are honoured to support the government, our customer and the people of Pakistan in establishing this state-of-the-art facility.”GE’s HA technology has completed off-grid, full-speed, full-load validation testing at extreme conditions well beyond those encountered while in service at the world’s largest, most thorough gas turbine test stand located at GE’s manufacturing facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The technology is the fastest growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines today, with more than 75 units ordered to date by over 25 customers across more than 15 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan, Japan, Bahrain, China, France and others. More than 20 units are already operational, clocking in over 100,000 operating hours.“We are proud to bring GE’s industry-leading HA technology to Pakistan, which will help the country save billions of rupees over the life-cycle of the Bhikki Power Plant through better fuel utilization and greater economies of scale,” said Mr. Sarim Sheikh, President & CEO of GE Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. “I congratulate the Government of Punjab and all other stakeholders involved in bringing this critical project online.”GE’s HA technology also equips the Haveli Bahadur Shah (HBS) and Balloki power plants. Together, HBS, Bhikki and Balloki power plants are a significant component of the government’s strategy to enhance access to electricity to over 90 percent of the population and are expected to add a total of up to 3,600 MW to Pakistan’s grid.GE has supported the development of energy, transportation and healthcare infrastructure in Pakistan for more than 50 years. Today, GE-built technologies can generate the equivalent power needed to supply up to a quarter of the country’s electricity.

About Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited (QATPL):

Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Private Limited (QATPL) is a wholly owned company of the Government of Punjab engaged in setting up the regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) Bhikki Power Plant to meet the energy demand in Pakistan.

About Harbin Electric International (HEI):
Harbin Electric International Company Limited (HEI) is an important member of the Harbin Electric Corporation, and is China’s leading large-scale enterprise in power project contracting and the export of power equipment. Established in 1983, HEI is primarily engaged in the engineering, procurement and construction of thermal, hydro and combined-cycle power plants, and the supply of complete sets of equipment; moreover, the company can be contracted to build large-scale transmission facilities and public utilities, and provides professional comprehensive after-sales service. Since 2014, HEI has expanded its business in power investment to help resolve a global shortage of electric power. http://www.china-hei.com

About GE:
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption. We are transforming the electricity industry by uniting all the resources and scale of the world’s first Digital Industrial company. Our customers operate in more than 150 countries, and together we power more than a third of the world to illuminate cities, build economies and connect the world.

GE Reimagines the future of Electricity at WFES

Karachi (Cliff News)GE reimagines the future of electricity, highlighting record-setting H-Class gas turbines, 9E Max gas turbine upgrades, advanced ultra-supercritical steam technology, renewable energy portfolio, grid solutions, digital industrial applications and more at the World Future Energy Summit 2018 in Abu Dhabi.Special focus on GE Power’s 9HA.02 gas turbine – now available at more than 64 percent net efficiency in combined cycle power plants, higher than any other competing technology today.
ABU DHABI, UAE – January 16, 2018 — Under the theme ‘Energy. Reimagined.’ GE (NYSE: GE) is showcasing industry-leading technologies that offer greater efficiency, flexibility, sustainability and savings for the power sector at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2018 being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, from January 15 to 18. Taking center stage are GE’s record-setting H-class gas turbines; advanced ultra-supercritical steam technology; LV5 inverter technology; advanced portfolio of renewable technologies; leading battery storage solutions; grid solutions; digital industrial software applications; and much more.GE Power announced at WFES that its largest and most efficient gas turbine, the HA, is now available at more than 64 percent efficiency in combined cycle power plants, higher than any other competing technology today. Efficiency matters as an additional percentage point of efficiency in gas turbines can translate to millions in fuel savings for customers globally. The 9HA.02 can now be quoted at 64.0 percent net efficiency in specified conditions with total output of 826 megawatts (MW) in 1×1 combined cycle configuration. Customers can order HA-based combined cycle power plants quoted at 64+ percent in 2018, compared to the previous quoted limit of 63.7 percent efficiency for 2017 orders. In addition, GE Power remains on track to achieve 65 percent efficiency by the early 2020s, continuing the HA’s legacy as the most advanced H-class technology in the world.Ghassan Barghout, President & CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems – Sales for the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Pakistan, said, “GE’s HA technology is an excellent fit for the region’s power generation sector given the increasing focus on enhancing energy sector efficiency and performance. The turbine offers significant annual fuel savings in comparison to combined cycle power plants currently in operation across the region, and enables greater stability of the grid as the region increases investments in solar and wind power, the supply of which is intermittent in nature.”The HA is a proven technology with over 70 orders to date and is being deployed by customers worldwide, including MENA and Pakistan.  Since the first HA unit was inaugurated in June 2016, more than 17 units have started operation. Recently, in November 2017, the first of three HA units was delivered to and installed at Power Station 5 at Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba). Alba is the first customer in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, as well as the first smelter in the world to adopt GE’s HA technology. Electricity can make up to a third or more of the overall costs of running a smelter and adopting GE’s 9HA units will help Alba to deliver exceptionally low life cycle costs per megawatt, as well as to reduce the environmental footprint of its activities. In Pakistan, six HA units have been installed across the Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah and Balloki projects, equipping some of the most efficient power plants in the country.Among its many benefits, the HA is capable of ramping up or down at 65 MW/minute while still meeting emissions requirements to help balance grid instability. The HA offers an excellent flexible complement to intermittent renewable sources as the UAE looks to generate 44 percent of its power from clean energy by 2050; Kuwait sets goals to increase the share of renewable generation to 15 percent by 2030; Pakistan seeks to increase the share of indigenous sources of power generation to over 50 percent, including through alternative energy; and other countries in the region turn towards a rising share of renewable energy in the overall generation mix. GE has supported the development of the energy sector in the GCC for more than 80 years. More than 50 percent of the heavy-duty gas turbine fleet in the GCC comprises of GE units and GE-built technologies generated more than half of the region’s electricity in 2016.GE has three offices in Pakistan – in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. The company has supported the development of Pakistan’s energy sector for over 50 years and GE-built technologies can generate up to 25 percent of Pakistan’s electricity today. The company continues to play a vital role in the development of key energy and infrastructure projects through its advanced innovations and technologies in power, aviation, transportation.

About GE:

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire electricity value chain from the point of generation to consumption. We are transforming the electricity value chain by uniting all the resources and scale of the world’s first Digital Industrial company. Our customers operate in more than 150 countries, and together we power more than a third of the world to illuminate cities, build economies and connect the world.