GE Power receives order for 100th HA gas turbine
Market Expertz | October 01, 2019
GE Power has announced that MYTILINEOS S.A., a leading industrial company, has placed an order for a GE 9HA.02 gas turbine to be installed at the Agios Nikolaos Power Plant in Greece, one of the largest natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants in Europe. This order makes it the 100th unit of the company’s HA gas turbine, which has become the world’s fastest-growing fleet of gas turbines. The 9HA.02 is its most efficient gas turbine that powers the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, and its inclusion at the Agios Nikolaos plant will make it GE’s first HA gas turbine to be installed in Greece. The order also contains a steam turbine and generator, along with a 15-year-long service agreement.
The Agios Nikolaos plant, situated in the Voiotia region in central Greece, will generate 826 megawatts (MW) and construction on the plant is scheduled to commence in Q4 of this year. The plant is expected to begin commercial operation in late 2021 and is speculated to create a thermal efficiency of over 63%, which will make it one of the most efficient power plants in Europe. The power plant will also engage in the substantial reduction of emissions and is estimated to bring down emissions by nearly 25% against an analogous lignite-fired facility. Upon addition of this plant, the total production capacity of MYTILINEOS will surpass 2000 MW, not including Renewable Energy Source (RES) capacity, contributing substantially to the country’s energy security and providing energy to the neighboring nations.
Apart from this order, GE’s HA gas turbines have recently accomplished several notable milestones. Its 40 HA units that are currently in commercial operation across the globe have exceeded 415,000 operating hours and have supplied more than 18 gigawatts (GW) of power to the grid, which is equal to the electricity needed to power more than 13.5 million US homes. GE has received the order of its 100 HA gas turbine units from 40 customers from over 18 countries. The company had recently announced orders in the United States for projects in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and the Orot Rabin project in Israel.