GE has handed over the South East Asia's first ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant to Malaysian electric utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

The 1,000MW Manjung 4 power plant was handed over after two years of commercial operation. 

GE, along with its consortium partner CMC Engineering, was the EPC contractor for the power plant that is situated in the state of Perak.

Developed to supply power to around two million households, the Manjung 4 was constructed in four years, with commercial operations starting in April 2015.

With the support of ultra-supercritical combustion technology, the facility is said to generate electricity with lower emissions up to 10% than the global average of coal fired power plants.

The Manjung 4 facility generates electricity with the usage of 10,000 tonnes of coal per day. It includes four main circuits, comprising of coal and ash, air and gas, feed water and steam, and cooling water circuits.

With an advanced environmental control technology, the Manjung 4 facility can reduce SO2 and NOx emissions up to 70% compared to other Manjung units.

GE Steam Power Systems president and CEO Andreas Lusch said: “The energy demands of South East Asia are growing and coal remains a vital part of the energy mix.

“By bringing reliable, affordable, and efficient solutions to the Manjung 4 plant, we have proven that coal can continue to play an essential role in meeting the region’s growing energy needs reliably and sustainably.

“Manjung 4 represents the latest step in the evolution of coal-powered plants and demonstrates the potential for ultra-supercritical technology to lower emissions while responding to growing energy demands across South East Asia.”