Germany-based energy company Siemens Energy has secured a contract from Korea East-West Power, a subsidiary of Korea Electric Power, to deliver its HL-class power plant technology for the Eumseong Unit One combined-cycle power plant.

The plant will be built at a site in Eumseong in north-western Chungcheongbuk-do Province, where a 1GW coal-fired power plant was previously due to be built before it was scrapped.

Under the terms of the contract, Siemens Energy will deliver an SGT6-9000HL gas turbine, an SST-5000 steam turbine, a SGen-3000W generator and the SPPA-T3000 control system. 

The contract scope also includes long-term part management for the gas turbine and technical field advisory services.

In addition, the company will provide digital services such as diagnostics services, continuous performance optimisation and compressor condition performance-monitoring.

The power plant is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2024.

Siemens Energy Generation executive vice-president Karim Amin said: “We are honoured to receive this new order, which underscores South Korea’s confidence and trust in our leading HL-class gas turbine technology to drive the decarbonisation targets of the country.

“The new plant will ensure the highest efficiencies in power generation, resulting in a significant reduction in CO₂ emissions.”

Eumseong Unit One has an installed capacity of 571MW and is the first of two planned combined-cycle power plant units to be built in the province.

The plant will operate on re-gasified liquefied natural gas and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by up to 3.7 million tonnes a year.

Korea East-West Power construction division team leader Ju Jae-Sik said: “The requirements for the Eumseong Unit One project are demanding, providing our customers with electricity at affordable prices over the long term and meeting South Korea’s new energy policy.”

In November last year, Siemens Energy secured a $1.1bn turnkey construction contract from Gás Natural Açu to build a 1.7GW combined-cycle power plant in Brazil.