Harbin Electric has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy four 9FB gas turbines from GE before the end of 2013, including two that will incorporate FlexEfficiency technology.

The purchases are subject to Harbin being awarded projects, most likely for district heating applications in China.

GE Power & Water president and CEO of thermal products Paul Browning said China, which is installing more wind turbines than any other country in the world, has plans to rapidly expand natural gas power generation.

"This creates an ideal environment for our new FlexEfficiency technology," Browning said.

Harbin has been teaming with GE since 2003 to provide heavy duty gas turbines for Chinese projects.

Last year, the companies formed a joint venture to serve the wind energy industry in China.