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GE celebrates 25th year of 6F gas turbine with new orders in China

GE has gained two orders involving four of its 6F.03 gas turbines for two cogeneration plants in China.

The order announcement comes in the same month that GE celebrates 25 years of operation for its 6F series of gas-fired turbines. The Chinese contracts are with Guangdong Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd and China Huadian Corp.

Two of the 75-MW GF.03 turbines will be headed to Lee & Man’s gas-fired cogeneration plant located at Hongmei Town, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China. Once put into use, the plant will replace the use of 600,000 tons of standard coal, and reduce emissions of 750,000 tons carbon dioxide, 5,000 tons sulfur dioxide, 2,000 tons nitrogen oxide and 5,000 tons dust, according to the company release.

The project is expected to be put into commercial operation in 2020.

GE also will provide two units for the first phase of a gas-fired cogeneration plant for CHD Xiangyang Fancheng, which will be the first 6F.03 project in the Hubei Province of China. The gas turbines at the 250-MW CHD Xiangyang plant will provide both heat and electricity to the Aeronaurics and Astronautics Industrial Park of Fancheng District, Xiangyang City and to the nearby downtown area.  

“China is on its path to build a lower-carbon, cleaner, safer and more efficient energy system. Gas distributed power is efficient, reliable and flexible, helping generate power during periods of grid instability, maintaining the dynamic balance of the electricity system,” said Yang Dan, Vice President of GE and President, GE Power China.  “The 6F.03 gas turbine is a perfect fit for distributed energy and industry cogeneration applications in China with its high flexibility and steam to power ratio.”

With these two new orders, GE has sold a total of 36 6F.03 units in China and 17 of those units are currently in operation. Overall, there are more than 200 6F units in commercial operation globally.

One of the first 6F units was for an Ontario, Canada utility in the 1990s.

“Our strong relationship with GE began in the ’90s with the first order for a 70MW 6FA.01 gas turbine,” said Troy Patton, chief operating officer at Northland Power. “It continued with operations support over the years and now, 25 years later, we are still benefiting from the high reliability of GE’s proven gas turbine technology. What we have benefitted from the most is the unit’s ability to adapt to our needs, and the needs of the system as Ontario’s energy market evolves.”

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