GE Gas Power has secured an H-Class gas turbine supply contract from Brazilian natural gas company Eneva for its 350MW Azulão power plant.

Under the contract, GE will supply its 7HA.02 gas turbine, which is expected to help stabilise the power grid and support renewable energy growth in Brazil.

The gas turbine will power an H65 generator that will provide additional flexibility for managing Brazil’s renewable-rich grid.

The reserve power plant will be located near Manaus and its construction is due to start later this year, with the aim to start commercial operations by 2026.

GE Gas Power president and CEO Eric Gray said: “The use of renewable energy sources is continuously being expanded in many countries around the world, but the grid infrastructure still requires highly efficient gas turbine technology to stabilise and support these variable technologies.

“Rapid renewable energy growth presents system operators and energy providers with the increasingly difficult task of continuously ensuring the stability of the grid and a reliable power supply.

“GE’s H-Class gas turbine technology has earned a reputation for flexibility, output, environmental performance and high efficiency that has led to its rapid growth and maturation as a fleet worldwide, and we’re honoured to add a new customer to our HA fleet.”

Eneva currently operates a 1.9GW-generation complex that is linked to its proprietary gas production in Brazil.

GE has previously partnered with Eneva and has built more than six GE 7F gas turbines, which have been powering the Brazilian company’s power plants for almost a decade.

Earlier this month, GE Gas Power partnered with Indian energy company NTPC to explore hydrogen co-firing in gas turbines at NTPC’s Kawas power plant in Gujarat, India.

GE will demonstrate the feasibility of hydrogen co-firing blended with natural gas in its 9E gas turbines at the 645MW combined-cycle gas power plant.