HCMC – GE on October 26 announced a new contract with Vietnamese state-owned power utility Power Generation Joint Stock Corporation 3 (EVNGENCO 3) to continue supplying parts and services for its Phu My 2.1 and 4 power plants.
The two plants are located in the 3,900-megawatt (MW) Phu My Power Generation Center in the southern part of the country and provide approximately 10% of the country’s energy needs.
The five-year service agreement includes the provision of new and reconditioning parts and on-site services for four GE GT13E2 gas turbines and STF-D200-combined cycle steam turbine units, helping to increase the safe and reliable operations and efficiency of EVNGENCO 3’s power plants.
“As the largest power generation center in Vietnam, we have a responsibility to ensure seamless operations and no down time of our facilities,” said Dinh Quoc Lam, chairman of the board of directors of Power Generation Corporation 3, in a statement.
He added that “choosing GE was the natural choice to help us utilize the full potential of our plant’s assets. We have benefitted from GE’s proven track record of providing high-quality technology and services. GE’s support has been exceptional throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and with this service agreement, we trust in the company’s ability to continue to support us in achieving our business goals.”
GE’s GT13E2 Gas Turbines have been powering the two plants since 1997. GE upgraded the units to MXL2s over several years since 2016, resulting in an increased output of approximately 6% (from 440MW to 465MW) and improved efficiency levels from 51.8% to 53.7%.
“Vietnam has achieved impressive progress toward rapid economic development in the past few decades built on the backdrop of increasing access to electricity to power its people and businesses,” Pham Hong Son, CEO, GE Vietnam, said in the statement, adding, “We are honored to continue to provide EVNGENCO 3 with our safe, reliable and in-region support, and ultimately help Vietnam achieve its energy goals for its national economic growth.”
GE’s GT13E2 gas turbine offers industry-leading efficiency. Its installed base of over 170 units operating in 35 countries cumulates over 14 million operating hours and generates 400 GW/h per day. The turbine capability to operate in extreme conditions (from -50°C to +55°C) and its high utilization rate of some 5,000 operating hours per units per year on average demonstrates the engine’s success and reliability. GE has performed over 500 C-Inspections and installed 39 MXL2 upgrades on 13E2 machines.
During the ceremony, an MoU was signed with EVNGENCO 3 as part of GE’s commitment to support the growth of the country’s power sector and human capital development. The MoU envisages that GE will support training and capability building of EVNGENCO 3’s personnel to execute field services related to steam turbine and generator equipment maintenance. GE and EVNGENCO 3 will also work together to explore collaboration for service opportunities related to steam turbine and generator equipment owned by EVNGENCO 3 and other power generation companies.
By Le Hoang