GE Energizes K-Electric’s Bin Qasim II Power Plant in Pakistan with Power and Efficiency Boost
The Pakistan government reports that the country’s current power supply gap leads to an annual economic loss of as much as 7% of GDP. That’s why upgrading the country’s existing electricity generating capacity is part of its plan to bridge the supply gap by 2018. Doing so in a fuel-efficient manner is vital, given that Pakistan expects to spend $15.68 billion on hydrocarbon imports during the 2014-15 financial year.
GE is helping Pakistan achieve its goals by implementing the just announced Advanced Gas Path solution on three 9E gas turbines at the flagship 502 MW Bin Qasim II Power Plant owned by K-Electric (formerly the Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited – KESC).
The solution is expected to generate approximately 15 MW of additional electricity – enough to power almost 15,000 homes – with no additional fuel by boosting the gas turbines’ output by 3.4% and increasing their fuel efficiency by 1.7%. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2015.
The AGP solution works by integrating hardware innovation, advanced software and data analytics, and will further solidify the Bin Qasim II Power Plant’s regional leadership in thermal efficiency.
GE is presenting the AGP solution during this week’s POWER-GEN Middle East 2014 at stand E2, Hall 4 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. For more about GE’s Advanced Gas Path solution click here. For more on GE’s more than 30-year commitment to supporting its partners in Pakistan and the country’s development, click here.