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    Mitsubishi Power starts 3rd turbine at Thai CCGT

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The third M701JAC gas turbine unit is part of a project to build two combined-cycle gas turbine power plants in Thailand.

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Mitsubishi Power starts 3rd turbine at Thai CCGT

Mitsubishi Power, a unit of Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has started the operation of a third M701JAC gas turbine unit that is part of a project to build two combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants in Thailand, the company said on April 7.

Inaugurated on March 31, this is the third of eight units ordered on a full-turnkey basis as part of a joint venture between Thailand's Gulf Energy Development Public Co. and Japan's Mitsui & Co. The first unit started commercial operation at the end of March 2021. The first and second units have been in commercial operation for one year and half a year respectively.

The two ultra-large-scale power plants are under construction in Chonburi and Rayong provinces, approximately 130 km southeast of Bangkok. Each plant will have an output of 2.65 GW and use natural gas as its primary fuel source, along with four power trains each incorporating a gas turbine, steam turbine, heat recovery steam generator and generator.

Mitsubishi Power will manufacture and supply the gas and steam turbines as well as ancillary equipment, while Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will provide the generators. The power generated will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

When completed, the eight units in the project will form a CCGT power system with a total output of 5.3 GW. A 25-year long-term service agreement for these units is also in effect. The construction of the remaining five units have commenced and will be completed in 2024 when the final unit starts commercial operations, Mitsubishi Power said.