GE enters long-term parts and repair agreement with Thai utility

GE’s Power Services business recently agreed to provide parts and repair services to two Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) plants, including the South Bangkok Combined Cycle Block II facility. The six-year agreement is part of GE’s ongoing work to upgrade EGAT’s fleet of four GE 9F gas turbines at the utility’s two power plants.

GE’s Power Services business has entered a multi-year parts and repair agreement for more than US$60 million with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to cover the utility’s North Bangkok Combined Cycle Block I and South Bangkok Combined Cycle Block II 9F gas turbines and associated equipment.

GE recently upgraded the gas turbines by installing its Dry Low NOx 2.6+ (DLN2.6+) advanced combustion hardware and OpFlex AutoTune software. The upgrades were designed to improve the turbines’ operational flexibility by allowing them to run reliably on a wider range of natural gas compositions, including gas from both western and eastern Thailand, while reducing site emissions. This has helped improve air quality in the capital city of Bangkok, EGAT said, by reducing the power plants’ NOx emissions from 35 parts per million (ppm) to 9 ppm.

GE also is installing its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution to increase turbine efficiency, reduce fuel consumption costs and increase the availability of the units by implementing the industry’s longest gas path maintenance intervals.

Soonchai Kumnoonsate, governor, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand said, “Our long-term parts and repair agreement with GE will help us to further increase the reliability and availability of our North Bangkok and South Bangkok power plants to produce vital electricity for the region. The project will increase the reliability of EGAT North Bangkok Block I and strengthen public support for the first infrastructure fund covering long-term spare parts with GE as the original equipment manufacturer of the gas turbines.”

Anders Maltesen, general manager for GE’s Power Services business for the Asia-Pacific region said,  “GE has been working with EGAT for more than 30 years and has supplied the utility with gas turbines, parts, repairs, upgrades and other services." The latest parts and repair agreement would help ensure the long-term availability and reliability of their 9F gas turbine fleet, he added.