GE delivers second 9HA.01 gas turbine unit for Pakistan’s Bhikki Combined-Cycle Power Plant

23 October 2016 (Last Updated October 23rd, 2016 18:30)

The second unit of GE 9HA.01 gas turbines has reached Pakistan from Belfort, France.

The second unit of GE's 9HA.01 gas turbines has reached Pakistan from Belfort, France.

GE claims that the 9HA.01 is an efficient heavy duty gas turbine. This unit will be deployed at the 1,180MW Bhikki combined-cycle power plant in Punjab.

GE Power’s gas power systems business president and CEO Joe Mastrangelo said: “GE’s HA gas turbines lead the industry with more reliable and cost-effective conversion of gas to power.

"Together, HEI and GE are bringing exceptional technology, resources, and expertise to fulfill the government’s vision of an energy secure Pakistan."

“We are very proud to bring our world-record-setting technology here, the first turbine less than one year after announcing this project and the second today, and we look forward to helping generate more power to stimulate the economy and meet the everyday needs of Pakistanis.”

The first unit arrived in Pakistan in August this year, which is less than a year after the commencement of the Bhikki project. Both units are expected to commence commercial operations by next year.

Upon completion, the facility will cater to 20% of the country's electricity shortfall, contributing to the Government of Pakistan’s goals under Vision 2025 to expand access to electricity to over 90% of the population.

HEI chairman Guo Yu said: “Together, HEI and GE are bringing exceptional technology, resources, and expertise to fulfill the government’s vision of an energy secure Pakistan.

“The HA technology has set new industry standards and will play a crucial role in meeting the need for reliable, affordable power across the country.”

In 2015, GE signed an agreement with Harbin Electric International (HEI), which provides engineering, procurement, and construction services for Bhikki Combined-Cycle Power Plant and to provided it with two high-efficiency 9HA.01 gas turbines and associated equipment.