GE Power’s LMS100 Gas Turbine to support grid stability in South Asia
GE Power revealed that it has been selected by the Jiangsu Etern Company Limited to supply its LMS100 gas turbine for an upcoming 100 (±10) megawatt (MW) simple cycle natural gas-based power plant located in the city of Shahjibazar in Bangladesh. The order, worth multi-million USD, includes supplying the gas turbine equipment and providing related services for installation, testing and commissioning. The project is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2019.
The LMS100 is among GE’s high-efficiency aeroderivative gas turbines ideally suited to meet fluctuating grid conditions due to their heightened flexibility and helping to provide a high degree of stability to the grid. The embedded dual-fuel capability gives additional flexibility to the gas turbine, enabling it to operate on both natural gas and LPG with zero fuel transition cost. GE’s LMS100 technology is apt for the power plants currently running on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) or Diesel in South Asian countries of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Jiangsu Etern Co. Ltd. has won the contract from Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for setting-up the Shahjibazar power plant on a turnkey basis. The 100 MW power plant is a part of the larger initiative undertaken by BPDB to improve grid stability with power generation systems. The power plant is designed to work under three modes – base, peak and swing – to meet the grid’s variable demand. The Shahjibazar project also marks BPDB’s first EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contract for an aeroderivative gas turbine in the Bangladesh power segment.
Yan Wei, Vice Chairman, Jiangsu Etern Co. Ltd., said, “Bangladesh is an important country for us, wherein each power project is designed to meet the local power demand and challenges such as load variation. We are proud to partner with GE Power, getting the necessary technical expertise and the best-suited equipment for the upcoming power plant in Shahjibazar.”