GE to supply gas turbines for Indian refinery expansion

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GE Power today said it has got a $30 million order to supply a gas turbine and generator for a captive power unit planned at Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) refinery at Visakhapatnam, India.

The order for the supply of a 6F.03 gas turbine and a generator was placed by state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) - the principal contractor for the project.

"The order is part of the capacity expansion plan of HPCL refinery from the current 8.33 million tonnes per annum to 15 million tonnes. The gas turbine will generate close to 60 MW of power to run the plant operations, while the exhaust steam energy generated will be used for process applications," GE said.

Delivering the heat rate improvement of more than 25 per cent over the traditional Frame 5 machines, the 6F.03 gas turbine will bring significant cost benefit to HPCL in terms of fuel savings during the power plant operations, it said.


"Globally, GE's 6F-class gas turbines (6F.01/6F.03) are offering superior performance... These machines are also a perfect replacement to the frame 5 and 6B gas turbines that are powering the refineries in India for more than a decade," said Deepesh Nanda, CEO, Gas Power Systems, GE South Asia.

GE's gas turbine fleet in the O&G sector in India comprises an installed base of approximately 2.5 GW.