Modernized turbines to be installed at Thaketa power plant

Gas turbines manufactured by General Electric (GE) will be installed at the new Thaketa power plant to meet Myanmar’s electricity demand, according to GE.

Electric power consumption in Myanmar has tripled over the last decade, and it will increase about 15 per cent annually. The electricity requirement will increase rapidly over the next decade. SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corp (SEPCOIII) has ordered gas turbines from GE to be installed in the Thaketa combined cycle power plant.

“It will be the third energy project in a 20-month period,” said Andrew Lee, chief country representative for GE.

The power plant is expected to begin running in the first quarter of 2018 and will be able to produce 106 megawatts of electricity. SEPCOIII will run the plant, buy necessary items and build it. The factory is jointly owned by Union Resources & Engineering Co Ltd (UREC) and Yunnan Energy Investment Group (YEIG).

“The plant will play a major role in fulfilling the energy requirements of Myanmar. It will supply electricity to businesses in Yangon, which consumes 52 per cent of electricity in Myanmar,” said the plant’s project director Zhang Yushi.

The F-Class turbine entered the market 30 years ago, and more than 130 turbines are currently running around the world. They can work for 72 million hours.

“The electricity generated from the plant will be supplied to national grid,” said Dong Fan, project managing director for UREC.

GE installed two turbines at the Myingyan electric power project and the Thaton electric power project, respectively. The three power plants will be able to produce about 450 megawatts of electricity.

Source: Eleven Myanmar