- Korea’s first locally built large gas turbine to be supplied to Korea Western Power Co.’s Gimpo CHP Plant
- Related services business, such as gas turbine maintenance and parts replacement, also expected to speed up
Korea’s first large-size gas turbine development project for power plants is progressing smoothly.
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) announced on December 23 that it had signed an agreement with Korea Western Power Company (KOWEPO) to supply a gas turbine to the Gimpo Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Plant. The construction of the power plant, which is to be located in Gimpo city of the Gyeonggi Province, is scheduled to commence in 2020 and will be completed by 2022.
As part of the agreement, DHIC plans to carry out a demonstration project on the large gas turbine that it successfully developed in-house for power plants. DHIC plans to ship the gas turbine and install it at the Gimpo CHP Plant in 2021 and will carry out a two-year demonstration project once the construction is over.
With support from the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) and Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation & Planning (KETEP), DHIC has been developing the large gas turbine for power plants as a national project since 2013. The company signed an agreement with KOWEPO for a demonstration project of the 270MW-class large gas turbine in December 2017 and completed final assembly in September this year. An in-house test of the product is currently underway at the DHIC headquarters in Changwon.
“This agreement is a significant outcome achieved through KOWEPO’s commitment and DHIC’s efforts to promote growth of the domestic gas turbine industry,” a DHIC official said. “Through industry-academia-research cooperation for gas turbines, we aim to develop a world-class, next-generation Korean model of the combined-cycle power generation system, so that we may achieve change in the domestic natural gas-fired power generation market, which has been largely dependent on imported products.”
The domestic gas-fired power generation market is expected to continuously grow. Taking into account the 8th Basic Plan for Electricity Supply & Demand announced at the end of 2017 and the plans for repowering old combined cycle and coal-fired thermal power plants, new construction of combined cycle power plants requiring gas turbines is expected to reach a scale of 20GW.
▲Final assembly of large gas turbine which took place at DHIC Changwon headquarters in September