German energy company Siemens Energy has agreed to provide a total of four H-class combined-cycle power units for power facilities in China’s Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Gba ).

The company signed separate agreements with Guangdong Energy Group and Shenzhen Energy Group

Once completed, these upgraded power plants will help cater to increasing power demand in the GBA, which has a population of more than 70 million people.

Under the agreement with Guangdong Energy, Siemens Energy will provide a 675MW combined-cycle power generation unit and long-term maintenance services for the Guangzhou power facility, which is owned by Guangdong Yuehua Power.

The present coal-fired power plant will be converted into a more efficient gas-fired plant that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60%.

Expected to come online in the middle of next year, the facility will produce 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of power a year.

Siemens’ agreement with Shenzhen Energy covers the delivery of three H-class combined cycle power units for the Phase II project at the Dongbu power plant, as well as an upgrade project at the Mawan power plant.

Located in Shenzhen, the Dongbu and Mawan projects are expected to become operational by the end of next year and in mid-2024 respectively.

The two plants are anticipated to have a total annual power generation of more than six billion kilowatt-hours.

Siemens Energy executive board member Karim Amin said: “We’re achieving a significant milestone with the one-hundredth H-class gas turbine sold.

“We’re proud to see that our strategic partnerships with Guangdong Energy and Shenzhen Energy are now bearing fruit.

“We’ll be working together to make tangible contributions to the Greater Bay Area and the low-carbon development of China.”

In December 2019, Siemens Energy and Shenzhen Energy formed a strategic partnership for research and development, as well as smart and green energy.