Karachi: GE (NYSE:GE) is providing engineering, equipment, spare parts and services for a gas turbine upgrade project that will significantly increase efficiency, output and revenue of Kot Addu Power Company Limited KAPCO power plant in Punjab province. It supports government’s push for reduced fuel costs and improved efficiency for power plants across the country.
Under contracts totalling more than $14 million, GE is upgrading four GE Frame 9E gas turbines that were installed at KAPCO plant nearly 22 years ago. Upgrade of first unit has been completed, and upgrades for remaining three scheduled for completion by late 2011, a press release said Monday.
When total project is completed, overall plant net combined-cycle efficiency is expected to increase by 0.44% and output of each gas turbine will increase by three megawatts, for a plant total of 12MW- enough additional power for 800,000 homes.
“Our goal was to improve gas turbine heat rate to get increased plant efficiency. GE offered best solution to meet our requirements,” said Naeem Ahmad Tariq, senior manager Maintenance KAPCO. “Fuel savings that will be realized due to higher efficiency and additional output will generate additional revenue of $1.5 million per year for each gas turbine.”
Increased plant output will help KAPCO respond to growing electricity requirements. According to estimates, gap between supply and demand during peak load periods is five gigawatts. Gas turbines are being upgraded with GE’s most advanced sealing and hot gas path components, including aero-design stage nozzles and buckets.