GE Vernova Deal Will Boost China’s Greater Bay Area’s Coal-to-Gas Transition

GE Vernova’s Gas Power business has secured two orders for four GE 6F.03 gas turbines which are expected to deliver reliable power and heat to Yangjiang City, in the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area. The orders will help boost the megapolis’ transition from coal to gas power generation and lower emissions.

The first order for two units was signed with Royal Golden Eagle Group (RGE)’s East Asia Power (Yangjiang) Co for its Yangjiang High-Tech Zone Natural Gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant, and two additional other two units were purchased by Beijing Energy International Holding Co.

Natural gas-fired generators have the lowest carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of all fossil power generation fuels—a natural gas-fired combined cycle plant has roughly 50% of the CO2 emissions of a similarly sized coal plant, and lower emissions levels for other pollutants such as mercury, NOx, SOx and particulate matter.

Robert Huang, Director of Industrial Gas Turbine Sales, GE Vernova’s Gas Power China said: “We are delighted our robust technology was selected for these projects. We’re committed to supplying our advanced power generation equipment in alignment with China’s national emissions reduction goals and its commitment to building a lower-carbon, and more efficient energy system to support a more sustainable growth of the Greater Bay Area.”

China aims to achieve a carbon emissions peak by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Driven by these goals, the country is committed to reduce coal’s share of its energy mix and expedite the building of highly efficient gas-powered Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants such as these power projects.

Elsewhere in China GE Vernova has been selected by Yangtze Power to upgrade the Xiangjiaba Hydropower Plant. The scope of work includes the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation, and commissioning of three sets of main shaft air supply pipes. The upgrade is expected to reach completion in the first half of 2024.

Commissioned in 2014, the 6.4 GW Xiangjiaba Hydropower Plant and its eight hydropower units are located downstream of Jinsha River and is one of the biggest hydropower plants in China.

The project is a major source of energy from western areas to East China, supplying cleaner electricity to about five million people per year. In addition to power generation, the project brings flood prevention, improved shipping conditions, and agricultural irrigation to the area, saving an estimated 12 million tons of CO2 emissions every year, which is equivalent to the emissions of two million vehicles.