Taiwan Power has selected GE’s Power Conversion business to provide upgrade services for the 1,602MW Mingtan pumped storage hydro power.

The upgrade service will help to extend the plant’s operational life by 20 years and reduce maintenance work as well as enhance efficiency.

GE will upgrade the two sets of startup frequency converter (SFC) control systems, which intend to improve harmonic levels at the plant.

The company will also provide uninterruptable power supply systems and conduct factory acceptance tests and on-site tests.

GE’s solution will also enable the generator startup to be energized by both thermal and hydro power. The company said its SFC control systems can also identify applications at Taiwan Power-owned thermal power plants.

Taiwan Power spokesperson said: “GE’s deep technical knowledge has been evident as they updated key equipment at Mingtan Pumped Storage Hydro Power Plant.

“Thanks to their competent engineering team, crucial upgrades were carried out without impacting operations at the plant.”

GE’s Power Conversion business China service director Haiming Li said: “We are proud of our partnership with the Taiwan Power Company.

“Through this partnership and building on our engineering expertise, we have been able to play an important role in upgrading the biggest hydro power plant in Taiwan by providing productive, long-lasting, low-maintenance technology.”