GE 9HA gas turbine

US-based technology giant General Electric (GE) has won orders for two power projects in Pakistan and Australia.

The first order requires GE to supply two 9HA gas turbines, one Alstom-engineered steam turbine and associated equipment for the 1.2GW Balloki combined-cycle power plant in Pakistan.

The units will be delivered to Harbin Electric International Company (HEI), which is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the facility.

National Power Park Management Company (NPPMCL) is the holding company for the Balloki facility.

NPPMCL CEO Rashid Mehmood Langrial said: "The Balloki plant is part of our game-changing approach to providing sustainable, efficient energy to meet Pakistan’s growing demand for power."

GE had also been picked to deliver two 9HA gas turbines and one Alstom-engineered steam turbine for the proposed 1.1GW Bhikki combined-cycle power plant in Pakistan.

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Both the new power projects are expected to be commissioned in 2017, and are aimed at meeting the 5GW energy shortfall in Pakistan.

GE Power gas power systems president and CEO Joe Mastrangelo said: "GE has made a long-term commitment to helping Pakistan meet its development needs.

"The Balloki project builds on our strong partnerships in the power sector and our recent acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid businesses.

"This project represents the value that Alstom’s steam turbine technology is bringing to customers as part of our broader GE product offerings. Our HA gas turbines and complementary steam turbine are well integrated to deliver superior performance, efficiency and flexibility."

"The Balloki plant is part of our game-changing approach to providing sustainable, efficient energy to meet Pakistan’s growing demand for power."

The firm had signed key agreements with Pakistan, which includes a memorandum of understanding to develop energy resources in the country in order to help it achieve a projected demand of 54,000MW within 2020.

The second order has, however, been awarded to Clarke Energy for supply and installation of the 2.6MW 616 diesel engine from GE’s Distributed Power business for a 242MW combined-cycle power plant at Mount Isa in Queensland, Australia.

The diesel unit will offer ‘black start’ capabilities for the facility, which is a part of the regional Diamantina Power Station (DPS) site.

Jointly owned by APA Group and AGL Energy, the DPS site houses a 60MW open cycle, dual-fueled gas turbine based Leichhardt Power Station (LPS) along with the 242MW facility.

Image: 9HA.01 Gas Turbine at GE’s manufacturing facility in Belfort, France. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.