24 July 2008 - GE Energy's fuel-flexible turbine technology has been selected for the expansion of the world's largest COREX combined-cycle power plant at the Baoshan Iron & Steel Company (Baosteel) complex in Baoshan District, Shanghai, China.
The Baosteel facility is the largest iron and steel production complex in China and exports to more than 40 countries worldwide. The power plant expansion project is designed to increase steel and iron production and also help reduce Baosteel's operational costs and site emissions.
Under a $150m contract, GE will supply a Frame 9E gas turbine, a SC5 steam turbine, a fuel gas compressor, generators and additional equipment for the project. GE previously provided similar equipment for the original power plant that was recently constructed at the site.
In addition to the traditional use of natural gas, GE's fuel-flexible gas turbines will enable the Baosteel power plant to utilize waste gas created during the steel production process. The project offers environmental benefits since less waste gas will be available to escape into the atmosphere.
Shipments of the GE gas and steam turbines to the site are scheduled for September and November of 2009, respectively. Commercial startup of the plant expansion is scheduled for January 2010.