India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has selected GE Power’s 6F.03 gas turbine and a generator for installation at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL’s) refinery at Vizag (Visakhapatnam) in India.
The INR2200m ($31m) order placed by BHEL is part of an expansion plan to double HPCL’s capacity from the current 8.33 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) to 15 MMTPA.
The new gas turbine will have the capacity to generate approximately 60MW of power to run the plant operations and the exhaust steam energy generated will be used for process applications.
GE South Asia Gas Power Systems CEO Deepesh Nanda said: “Globally, GE’s 6F-class gas turbines (6F.01/6F.03) are offering superior performance, reliability, and flexibility to our customers, typically associated with larger power plants.
“These machines are also a perfect replacement to the frame 5 and 6B gas turbines that are powering the refineries in India for more than a decade.”
HPCL Vizag is set to become the first refinery in India that will be equipped with GE’s 6F.03 gas turbine.
The F-class turbines allow for future technology upgrades and ensure the power plant remains in compliance with the latest emission norms.
The turbines deliver more than 25% heat rate improvement compared to traditional Frame 5 machines, thereby resulting in fuel savings to HPCL during the power plant operations.
So far, the 6F.03 gas turbines have logged in more than 7.9 million operating hours. Over 140 units are under operation across 40 countries globally.