French turbine manufacturer Alstom has contracted a gas turbine at a Shenzhen Nantian Electric Power Company plant in China.
The 202-megawatt GT13E2 gas turbine is due to enter full commercial operation at the facility in Guangdong province this month.
The new unit will provide peaking power in open-cycle mode to supplement the baseload output from the combined-cycle plant.
Senior vice president for Alstom, Steve Meszaros said:
“The customer has shown their continued trust in our gas turbine solutions to secure high efficiency, high availability and reliable service.”
Shenzhen Nantian Electric Power is said to have selected the GT13E2 because it delivers up to 38% efficiency in open-cycle operation and increased reliability from an optimised combustion system with fewer parts.
Additionally, it enables a 10% improvement in power output over previous turbine models.
Alston will partner with Harbin Turbine to supply the turbine and generator set and follows previous orders that have included two GT13E2s.
According to analysts at D Deutsche Bank, China is set to see gas imports rise to 259 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2015 as its gas power sector grows rapidly.
Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Hsueh said:
“Concrete measures include the conversion of coal-heating furnaces to gas, the acceleration of gas-fired power plant construction, the construction of gas pipeline and storage infrastructure, and growth targets for natural gas consumption.”