GE Power hosted the Pakistan 9HA Tech Conference in Islamabad to highlight the contributions of GE’s 9HA gas turbine technology in the energy sector of Pakistan.
Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited’s (QATPL’s) Bhikki, National Power Parks Management Company’s (NPPMCL’s) Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki power plants are equipped with two units each of GE’s 9HA gas turbines and they have been operational for over a year now. The projects generate up to 3,600 megawatts (MW) in total, the equivalent electricity needed to supply over 7 million Pakistani homes. Together, the plants have achieved over 80,000 operating hours to date, helping meet a significant part of the country’s previous energy gap.
GE’s HA turbine has been recognized for powering the world’s most efficient power plants in both the 50-hertz and 60-hertz energy segments. HA technology is the fastest growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines in the world. Over 100 units of the technology have been ordered globally from more than 40 customers across over 18 countries. The high operational flexibility offered by the technology, which can ramp power production up and down quickly, can help to enhance grid stability in Pakistan which is adding more intermittent supplies of renewable power to its energy mix.