GE, EGAT start up Thai CCGT
GE and the Thai state-owned utility Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) on September 8 announced the start of commercial operation of Bang Pakong Power Plant Block 1 and 2 in Bang Pakong, approximately 60 km south of Bangkok.
The original Bang Pakong power plant complex, built in 1977, comprised five blocks burning natural gas and diesel. The two new gas-fired combined cycle blocks, powered by GE’s equipment, replaced the retired ones and were incorporated into the power plant with the objective to improve efficiency and reduce carbon footprint, GE said.
The new blocks add approximately 1.4 GW of electricity and are powered by two of GE’s 9HA.02 gas turbines, STF-A650 steam turbines, and two W86 generators. GE has also signed a long-term services agreement with Egat to provide parts, repairs and maintenance services for these sites.