The 1230 MW Haveli Bahadur Shah (HBS) power plant has completed all commissioning activities and has started combined cycle commercial operations, according to National Power Parks Management Co. Ltd. (NPPMCL), GE and SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co. Ltd.
The project is one of the largest gas-fired combined cycle plants in the country, capable of supplying the equivalent power needed to meet the electricity needs of up to 2.5 million Pakistani homes. GE has supplied two of its advanced 9HA.01 heavy-duty gas turbines, one 400 MW GE steam turbine and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the plant, as well as technical advisory services.
The HBS project was initiated by NPPMCL, which is solely owned by the government of Pakistan through the Ministry of Water & Power, and was entirely funded through the Public-Sector Development Programme (PSDP). SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co. Ltd (SEPCOIII) is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, responsible for setting up the power plant and all commissioning activities.
The Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant is about the size of 65 football fields and staff from over 35 countries worked together to complete the project. The project’s execution has been among the fastest globally and 3 to 4 months shorter than typical for projects of comparable scale and complexity. Performance tests to date indicate that HBS has set world record levels of efficiency, GE said.
“The Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant uses industry-leading power generation equipment, including GE’s HA technology – the world’s most efficient heavy-duty gas turbine,” said Mohamad Ali, president and CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems – Projects business in the Middle East, Pakistan and India. “This innovative technology is helping to unlock unprecedented levels of efficiency in Pakistan’s power sector, ultimately lowering the cost of electricity production. GE has long supported the development of Pakistan’s energy sector and through our collaboration on this transformational project, we are underscoring our commitment to provide solutions that are truly game-changing.”
GE said its HA technology has undergone full-speed, full-load validation tests at GE’s Greenville, South Carolina, USA facility at extreme conditions well beyond those encountered while in service. It is the fastest growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines today, with more than 75 units ordered to date by more than 25 customers across more than 15 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan, Japan, Bahrain, China, France and others.