Powerful, Efficient, Flexible: Pakistan’s Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant Begins Combined-Cycle Operations
Pakistan’s Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant is a big deal. It’s a crucial part of the government’s efforts to address the electricity shortage in the country and can generate enough power to meet the needs of up to 2.5 million Pakistani homes. No mean feat, the facility is about the size of 65 football fields and is expected to run for up to 30 years. It’s diminutive only in construction time.
Workers and staff from more than 35 countries came together to complete the 1,230-megawatt plant in an accelerated time frame that has proven to be the fastest in the country for projects of comparable scale and complexity and three to four months sooner than is typical globally.
Powered by two of GE’s HA gas turbines, the facility is the most efficient combined cycle power plant in Pakistan and performance tests to date indicate that HBS has set world record levels of efficiency.
The HBS project was initiated by National Power Parks Management Company Limited (NPPMCL), which is solely owned by the Government of Pakistan through the Ministry of Water & Power. GE has supplied two of its advanced HA heavy-duty gas turbines, one steam turbine and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the plant, as well as technical advisory services.
“The start of combined cycle commercial operations at Haveli Bahadur Shah (HBS) Power Plant marks a major milestone in the power sector of Pakistan, supporting the government’s goal to enhance access to reliable, affordable power,” said Rashid Mahmood, CEO of NPPMCL. “The project has been developed to the highest standards of quality and excellence, and will serve as a benchmark for future electricity projects in terms of the technology being deployed.”
GE’s HA technology has now helped to deliver two world records – one for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, based on achieving 63.08 percent gross efficiency at Chubu Electric Nishi-Nagoya Power Plant Block-1 in Japan and another for helping EDF’s Bouchain Power Plant achieve 62.22 percent net combined cycle efficiency in France. With these achievements, GE’s HA turbine has been recognized for powering the world’s most efficient power plants in both the 60 hertz (Hz) and 50 Hz energy segments.
GE’s H-class technology also is being used at Pakistan’s upcoming Bhikki and Balloki Power Plants. Together, Haveli, Bhikki and Balloki are expected to add up to 3,600 MW to Pakistan’s grid, going a long way towards helping the government realize its goal under Vision 2025 to enhance access to electricity to over 90% of the population.
Not only will these H-class turbines help meet Pakistan’s power needs, but they will also help to maintain grid stability as the country brings online more renewable energy that is intermittent in nature. That’s because these turbines can ramp up and down quickly, while still meeting emissions requirements. This will be increasingly important as Pakistan continues to add alternative energy sources to the grid. As power output from renewable sources falls and rises, GE’s H-class turbines will be ready to ramp up and down to maintain the stability of the national grid.
Read more stories here about how GE is supporting the power sector in Pakistan and across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.