Upgrading Nandipur Power Plant Will Add Power to Pakistan’s Grid
In a country with a 4.4 gigawatt (GW) gap between electricity supply and demand, and power consumption growth of 8% a year, getting new power online is crucial. Once the electricity generated is lighting homes, hospitals, schools and businesses across the country, the next step is to continuously find ways to improve the operations of those power generating assets.
That’s why GE is providing upgrades for three 9E gas turbines at the 425 megawatt (MW) Nandipur Power Plant in Gujranwala. The upgrades will allow the turbines to operate on more environmentally friendly natural gas instead of furnace oil.
But that’s not all. The upgrades will also boost output by up to 18% and reduce the per-megawatt-hour cost of power generation.
That means more electricity more reliably to cities, towns and industrial areas in the country, all while helping the operator to reduce its generating costs, a benefit it can pass on to end users.
The upgrade at Nandipur supports the government’s commitment to adding 21,000 MW of additional electricity by 2020 to address a forecast doubling of peak power demand between 2010 and 2020.
Nandipur was one of three major power plants inaugurated in 2014 to help meet the country’s power requirements. The new installation at the Guddu Power Complex, Uch-II and Nandipur will together add more than 1.5 GW of electricity to Pakistan’s national grid, with GE technologies generating more than 1.1 GW of that total.
GE has been a long-term partner to Pakistan, helping to build its energy infrastructure for over five decades now and today, GE-built equipment provides more than 25% of the nation’s electricity.