The GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine order said to be first in Asia from a combined-cycle power plant.

Under the contract, GE will upgrade four GT13E2 gas turbines with MXL2 upgrade packages at the 3,900MW Phu My power complex in Vietnam.

EVNGENCO3 president and CEO Dinh Quoc Lam said: "We value the proven performance of utilizing the GT13E2 gas turbine technology and are cooperating with GE on MXL2 service upgrade solutions to achieve our operational goals, which we also are supporting through our recently opened gas turbine repair and reconditioning workshop at the Phu My power plant."

The upgrades are expected to increase combined-cycle efficiency of 1%, which would result in fuel savings of almost 2%, as well as reduce CO2 emissions.

Besides increasing power output by 50MW, the upgrades will allow gas turbine inspection intervals to be extended to 48,000 equivalent operating hours in order to reduce plant costs while improving profitability.

GE Power Services business president and CEO Paul McElhinney said: "We are excited to support EVN Power Generation Corporation 3 as it helps Vietnam achieve its strategic energy objectives to support the country’s goals for economic growth.

"With Vietnam’s energy demand rising by more than 10% annually, the additional 50MW this project brings will help ease national power shortages, particularly for the southern part of Vietnam."

The GT13E2 MXL2 upgrade will increase efficiency and extend turbine lifetime using Alstom’s proven F-class turbine blading technology.

The deal will also contribute to the GE’s focus on Vietnam’s energy sector as part of its growth strategy in Asia Pacific region.

Image: GE’s GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.