GE's aeroderivative gas turbines come online in Taiwan

March 29, 2023 | 18:07
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GE is striving to support Asian countries in their sustainable energy transition strategies as the region moves towards a carbon-free future with the company's aeroderivative gas turbines.
Aeroderivative Gas Turbines increasingly popular in Asia-Pacific

In mid-March, GE announced the successful grid-connected trial runs of six LM2500XPRESS aeroderivative gas turbines for Taiwan Power Company (TPC)’s Tung Hsiao Power Plant. The project began construction in February 2022 and was fully installed 10 months later.

These turbines provide up to 180 megawatts of electricity, supporting the intermittent supply from nearby offshore wind power plants. With impressive features, such as startup times of under eight minutes and without impacting the maintenance cycles of the gas supply, the aeroderivative gas turbines are expected to help stabilise Taiwan's power grid. The flexibility and durability of the turbines also enable the grid to better integrate renewable energy sources, supporting the island's green energy transition and sustainable development goals.

Ramesh Singaram, president and CEO of GE Gas Power Asia, said, "This project will play a crucial role in supporting the diversification of energy sources in Taiwan."

Tung Hsiao is the first aeroderivative gas turbine installation in Taiwan. GE's aeroderivative gas turbines run on blends of hydrogen, with a future path towards 100 per cent hydrogen combustion to further support TPC’s decarbonisation initiatives. The LM2500XPRESS is one of GE’s strategic products, serving the goal of expanding cooperation with local energy companies and governments across the Asia-Pacific region. Power generation from natural gas plays a critical role in creating favourable conditions for Asia's transition to a neutral carbon future.

Asia is seen as a dynamic region for promoting renewable energy sources that can address increasing energy demands. For example, in order to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, as laid out in the draft of the Power Development Plan VIII, Vietnam has stated the need to supplement more flexible power sources to ensure stability in the power system, with a large proportion of that to come from renewable energy sources.

This topic is currently attracting a lot of attention in Vietnam, as was demonstrated during a recent webinar on aeroderivative technology, which attracted more than 100 participants. During the online event, GE provided a wealth of information on the application of aeroderivative gas turbines to address Vietnam's energy challenges.

Roughly 30 per cent of power generation in Vietnam is currently powered by GE technologies, with more than 25 gas turbines operating at more than 10 power plants and projects across the country. Rapidly developing economies like Vietnam can not only benefit from GE’s portfolio of advanced aeroderivative gas turbines, but they also receive support from GE in the form of market consultation, development strategies, and sustainable energy transition.

GE not only provides advanced aeroderivative gas turbine technology, but the various supporting and auxiliary components of the power plant system required to produce energy.

Addressing Vietnam's energy challenges with aeroderivative gas turbines Addressing Vietnam's energy challenges with aeroderivative gas turbines

GE’s aeroderivative technology has the potential to help Vietnam advance its energy transition and drive decarbonisation across the power sector.

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