The Chinese State Development & Investment Corp., Ltd. (SDIC) Jineng Gas Power Generation Co. has ordered two hydrogen-ready gas turbines from GE Vernova for a new combined-cycle power plant.

The 1.7GW plant will be located in the Zhoushan archipelago in Zhejiang Province, China, and will help power China’s largest archipelago, comprised of 1,390 islands.

GE Vernova’s 9HA.02 gas turbines, although not supplying all 1.7 GW, will decrease plant emissions by replacing fossil fuel with natural gas.

According to GE Vernova, switching from coal to gas equivalent could reduce emissions by as much 60%.

The turbines will also increase flexibility by enhancing Zhejiang Province’s power supply capacity and power grid peak shaving capability.

The first unit is scheduled to begin operating by the end of 2025 and it is expected to burn up to 10% by volume of green hydrogen blended with natural gas in the future.

The project aligns with the goal of the Office of Zhoushan Municipal People’s Government to develop a hydrogen hub in Zhoushan, as well as nearby marine industrial clusters.

Tan Peidong, general manager of SDIC Jineng Gas Power Generation Co., Ltd. commented in a statement: “We ordered GE’s H-Class technology for its ability to generate significant electrical output in a flexible and efficient way — crucial for the development of the maritime cluster — while helping to ensure reliability of supply in the over 130 urbanized islands of the archipelago.”

GE Vernova has been based in China for over 40 years. The company has secured five projects powered by ten GE H-class gas turbines in China’s mainland, which are expected to provide an installed capacity of more than 8GW when fully in operation.

Originally published by Pamela Largue on Power Engineering International.

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