Mitsubishi Power to build 1.4GW gas power plant in Thailand

30 September 2020 (Last Updated September 30th, 2020 17:25)

Mitsubishi Power has signed a contract with Hin Kong Power Company to construct a 1.4GW natural gas-fired combined cycle turbine facility on a turnkey basis.

Mitsubishi Power to build 1.4GW gas power plant in Thailand
Mitsubishi Power will provide turbines for the project with Hin Kong Power in Thailand. Credit: Mitsubishi Power.

Mitsubishi Power has signed a contract with Hin Kong Power Company to construct a 1.4GW natural gas-fired combined cycle turbine facility on a turnkey basis.

The Thailand-based independent power producer will run the power facility, built nearly 100km west of Bangkok. The business is a special purpose company established by RATCH Group and Gulf Energy Development.

As per the terms of the engineering, procurement and construction contract, Mitsubishi Power will supply two of its M701JAC gas turbines for the facility.

A Mitsubishi Power spokesperson said the high-temperature exhaust gas released from the turbines will drive the steam turbine to produce electricity.

The company claims the facility will reduce carbon emissions by up to 70% in comparison to conventional coal-fired thermal power plants.

Additionally, the contract includes a 25-year long term service agreement for the project. Under this agreement, Mitsubishi Power will offer maintenance services for the turbines, which will be installed at the facility to ensure reliable operations.

The turbines will begin commercial operation in March 2024 and January 2025. Once operational, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand will buy the produced power to supplement the country’s supply.

Mitsubishi Power says its mainstay J Series gas turbines improve operating efficiency and the JAC Series turbines adopt air cooling for combustors to produce better operability.

Recently, Mitsubishi Power and Entergy signed a joint development agreement to bring decarbonisation projects to Entergy’s US utility businesses.