GE Power has announced that the first of two supercritical turbines have been synchronised with Pakistan’s national grid.
The synchronisation took place at China Power Hub Generation Company’s (CPHGC) power plant, three months ahead of schedule. The plant will have the capacity to generate 1,320MW of electricity.
CPHGC CEO Zhao Yonggang said: “CPHGC is the first overseas thermal power project developed by State Power Investment Corporation under the Belt & Road Initiative. The 1320MW coal-fired power project is a priority under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
“It is testimony to our strong and close partnership with GE that we managed to reach this point well ahead of schedule. We look forward to continuing our meaningful partnership with GE that promises to be beneficial for the power sector of Pakistan.”
Located in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, the power plant is a joint venture between China Power International Holding Limited (CPIH) and Pakistan’s Hub Power Company (HUBCO).
GE signed an agreement to supply the power generation equipment for the project in 2016. The company will deliver two units each of supercritical boilers, as well as a steam turbine and generator sets.
Construction works began at the CPHGC power plant in March 2017, with Northwest Electric Power Design Institute (NWEPDI) and Tianjin Electric Power Construction Company (TEPC) serving as the engineering and construction contractors for the project.
GE Steam Power president and CEO Andreas Lusch said: “This is a world-class example of GE’s global engineering, manufacturing and execution teams working closely together along with our customers to beat an already ambitious delivery schedule.
“Reaching this key milestone early required a very high degree of technical, engineering and production coordination between our factories in Wuhan and Beijing, China and Wroclaw, Poland with the highest commitment to quality and on-time delivery for our customers.”
The plant is expected to begin commercial operations later this year.