HAdeer Talks About Fast Tracking the Bhikki Power Plant and Teamwork with Project Manager Nadir Husain
HAdeer is the newest member of the GE family in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. He is GE’s HA gas turbine technology in the region – the world’s largest, most efficient heavy duty gas turbine – and he’s settling into his new home at the Bhikki Power Plant in Pakistan.
As final commissioning approaches for HAdeer at the Bhikki plant, he had a chance to speak with Nadir Husain, GE Project Manager for the Bhikki Power Plant – a project in Pakistan using the 9HA technology. The plant will be powered by two 9HA turbines, and once configured in combined cycle, will deliver more than 1,100 megawatts of power to Pakistan’s grid.
HAdeer: Hi Nadir. It’s nice to finally catch you for a chat! Although I’ve been on the site with you for the past couple of months, we’ve always been incredibly busy.
Nadir: It’s great to speak with you too, HAdeer! And yes, with the Bhikki project on fast track, there’s been very little time to rest.
HAdeer: What’s the project’s timeline like?
Nadir: We are aiming to go from contract signing in September 2015 to simple-cycle commissioning in March 2017 and combined-cycle configuration shortly thereafter. That’s a lot faster than usual!
HAdeer: Yes, I’ve been gearing up to begin generating electricity to feed into Pakistan’s grid soon.
Nadir: Absolutely! The plan is to have the site and you ready to run by the end of this month, if not earlier.
HAdeer: Why did this project have to be fast tracked?
Nadir: Pakistan is working hard to build more electricity to power homes, businesses, factories and other industry to support development and economic growth. Because the current power deficit is nearly 5,000 megawatts (MW), there’s a lot of urgency. That’s why GE is working with its customer, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor – China-based Harbin Electric – quite literally around the clock.
HAdeer: Given all the languages I’ve been hearing on the plant site, I’d say you’re working around the world as well!
Nadir: That’s right. To keep the project moving, we have been working with teams in China, the United States, France, Dubai and here in Pakistan.
HAdeer: How does that help?
Nadir: Two ways. First, if we face a challenge or question onsite, we can turn to a large team of GE experts that have been identified beforehand who have the expertise to address every major topic that might come up. So, no matter the issue – we can get someone on the phone in minutes to help us solve the problem.
HAdeer: What else?
Nadir: Second, if for example, it’s the end of the day here in Pakistan and we’re working through an engineering issue, we can hand off the work to GE teams in the US that can continue to address the problem throughout the night here, so that when we come back to work the next morning, we have an answer.
HAdeer: Beginning with myself, I can see it’s not just expertise that’s coming from all over the world.
Nadir: That’s right. You came from France. Part of what’s required to keep the project on track is making sure we have all the components we need and that’s quite the logistical challenge, given that we’ve received 86 consignments from a supply chain that literally spans across the globe.
HAdeer: That’s a lot to juggle; what keeps you motivated?
Nadir: I’m driven by the big picture. Bhikki is the first plant in Pakistan to use imported LNG. We are implementing GE’s high-efficiency HA technology, so that we can give the country quick access to affordable power generating capacity that’s needed today to bridge the electricity gap and boost economic development. When the plant is complete it will be the most efficient combined cycle power generation facility in the country.
HAdeer: Before we both get back to work, what’s one thing that impressed you most about this project?
Nadir: Communication. Achieving all the milestones required a willingness to communicate – no matter whether someone spoke Chinese, English, Urdu or some other language. Everyone was working patiently toward a common goal, as one team, across languages, companies, continents and time zones.
HAdeer: Neat! Thank you Nadir for your time, this has been enlightening! For our readers – I’ll be sharing a lot more cool updates and stories, so follow me on #HAdeer.