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Vietnam’s Phu My Marks GE Power’s 1st Gas Turbine Upgrade Order Since GE-Alstom Merger

GE Power Services, a unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE), has received its first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade order since the completion of the GE-Alstom merger.

Per the conditions of the agreement, GE assumed Alstom’s portfolio of power plant service contracts, including a long-term contract for Phu My power complex in Vietnam.

GE is upgrading four GT13E2 gas turbines with MXL2 upgrade packages – both Alstom generating technologies – at the facility, owned by EVN Power Generation Corporation 3 (EVNGENCO3).

“We value the proven performance of utilizing the GT13E2 gas turbine technology and are cooperating with GE on MXL2 service upgrade solutions to achieve our operational goals,” said Dinh Quoc Lam, president and CEO of EVNGENCO3.  

Using Alstom’s proven F-class turbine blading technology, the upgrades should improve combined-cycle efficiency by 1 percent, saving almost 2 percent on fuel and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

“We are excited to support EVN Power Generation Corporation 3 as it helps Vietnam achieve its strategic energy objectives to support the country’s goals for economic growth,” said Paul McElhinney, president and CEO of GE’s Power Services business. “With our recent acquisition of Alstom’s power generation technology and services capabilities, we now are able to provide power plant operators with an even greater range of hardware and software solutions to reduce their fuel and equipment life cycle costs and strengthen their competitive positions.

Phu My’s capacity is expected increase by 50 MW after the upgrades, which will also extend turbine inspection intervals to 48,000 operating, subsequently reducing maintenance, repair and plant costs while improving profitability.

“With Vietnam’s energy demand rising by more than 10 percent annually, the additional 50 MW this project brings will help ease national power shortages, particularly for the southern part of Vietnam,” said McElhinney.