GE has secured an order from Korea Southern Power Co, Ltd. (KOSPO), a subsidiary of the national utility – Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), for main equipment including a 7HA.03, the world’s largest, most efficient, and flexible 60 Hertz gas turbine for KOSPO’s Shinsejong Combined Cycle Power Plant located in Nuri-ri, Yeongi-myon, Sejong Multifunctional Administrative City, South Korea with consortium partner Daewoo E&C. The Shinsejong plant will generate power to sell at Korea Power Exchange and heat to supply district heating to Sejong City, the administrative capital of South Korea.
Energy systems can have an important environmental impact. GE’s DLN 2.6e combustion system with its advanced premixer technology installed in GE 60Hz H-class turbines offers a step-change in performance, emissions and fuel flexibility. This technology will enable the 7HA.03 gas turbines installed at Shinsejong to generate power with lower NOx emissions, three parts per million of NOx at the main stack with most efficient after-treatment system. This will help KOSPO meet the growing demand for heat, air conditioning, and electricity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the country’s “Green New Deal”, the government’s commitment to moving the country to be carbon neutral by 2050. Highly efficient gas power plants will play a crucial role in this transition in South Korea. The Green New Deal includes a roadmap for the energy transition from fossil fuels to environment-friendly sources and various measures to accelerate decarbonization, the development of the hydrogen economy, and expansion of renewable energy use.
“We are honoured to support KOSPO in its approach to reducing carbon through generating power and thermal energy from Liquefied Natural Gas,” said James Kim, Country Leader of GE Gas Power in South Korea. “With South Korea’s power generation stemming primarily from fossil fuels, gas power will play a critical role in facilitating its transition to a lower-carbon future. Natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants are the lowest emitting fossil fuel power plants, whether measured based on CO2, SOx, NOx, particulate matter, or mercury. Today, GE is advancing flexible, efficient, and reliable gas power generation solutions, because we believe that gas is best suited to complement renewables and has a fundamental role to fostering a more sustainable energy future. Our GE 7HA.03 gas turbine is highly fuel flexible and able to operate on a variety of fuels, including blends of hydrogen and natural gas to offer multiple pathways to achieve near-zero carbon operations in the next decade.”
Introduced in 2019, GE’s 7HA.03—an evolution of the company’s H-Class platform—is the world’s largest, most efficient, and flexible gas turbine with the lowest cost conversion of gas to electricity for 60-hertz customers. GE’s 7HA.03 turbine—now available at greater than 64% net combined cycle efficiency—will drive leading combined-cycle power plant performance using a simple, modular configuration that enables enhanced plant economics and faster installation for engineering, procurement and construction partners.
GE is a major player in power generation in South Korea. GE’s gas turbines provide more than 14,000 MW of generation capacity with an installed base of over 74 units. GE has been present in South Korea since 1976, working closely with local partners to support the country’s growth in energy, advanced infrastructure and healthcare. In 2016, GE undertook a large-scale investment in Changwon, South Korea, by acquiring Doosan’s HRSG manufacturing business.
Image source: Courtesy of KOSPO
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