Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received a contract to supply M701 DA gas turbine and generator for installation at the 400MW Zerger gas-fired power plant in Turkmenistan.


Under the contract, Mitsubishi will supply three sets of M701 DA gas turbine for the power plant, which is being developed by Sumitomo for the national utility Turkmenenergo.

In 2015, Sumitomo won a $300m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the Zerger plant, which is planned to be commissioned in 2018.

Being built in the Lebap province located approximately 600km northeast of Ashgabat, the Zerger gas-fired power plant is backed by loans from a syndicate of Japanese banks.

Power generated from the facility will be sold to the Afghanistan Government under a 10-year power purchase agreement.

The supply of low-cost gas-powered electricity to Turkmenistan is a part of a project initiated by Turkmenistan to assist the country in reconstruction following the damage suffered in the civil war, Mitsubishi said.

Turkmenistan, which is estimated to hold the world’s fourth largest natural gas reserves, has been promoting downstream energy projects to facilitate the use of its abundant gas resources.

Controlled by the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan, Turkmenenergo operates nine power stations and seven distribution companies.

Image: A MHPS-built D-series gas turbine. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.