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    MHPS Picked for Taiwan Power Plant Upgrade


Datan is already one of Asia's biggest gas-fired power plants.

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MHPS Picked for Taiwan Power Plant Upgrade

Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won a deal to convert a unit at a gas-fired power plant in Taiwan from simple to the more efficient combined-cycle operations, it announced on April 22.

MHPS will supply steam turbine power equipment for the conversion, at the seventh unit of the Datan plant in the city of Taoyuan. The project will raise the unit's generation capacity by 50% to 900 MW and enhance its efficiency, it said. Combined-cycle operations are slated to start in November 2023.

Datan is already one of Asia's largest gas-fired stations. Its other six units are fitted with combined-cycle equipment supplied by MHPS, boasting a combined output of 4.2 GW. The seventh unit began operations as recently as 2018, but comprises two simple-cycle turbines.

The plant's operator is Taiwan Power, responsible for 75% of electricity supply in Taiwan. The company is expanding its capacity to meet rising demand, with gas power set to play a major role.

General Electric and Japan's Marubeni also won an order last year to build two more units at Datan, adding a further 2 GW to its capacity.