Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order for three sets of M701 DA gas turbine and generator to be installed at the 400MW Zerger gas-fired power plant for the national utility, Turkmenenergo, in Turkmenistan. The turbines will be supplied to Sumitomo Corporation, which is charged with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the plant. The power generation system is scheduled to go on stream in 2018.
The Zerger gas-fired power plant will be built in the Lebap Province located approximately 600km northeast of the capital Ashgabat. Once on line, the Turkmen Government will export power to Afghanistan for 10 years based on a power purchase agreement with the Afghan Government, as part of a project to assist in reconstruction of the country after the damage suffered in the civil war.
Turkmenenergo is a utility under the control of Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan responsible for all operations from generation to electricity supply. The company comprises nine power stations, including the 1,685MW Mary State Power Plant, Turkmenistan's largest; one transmission company and seven distribution companies; and has a total capacity of approximately 4GW.
In recent years, Turkmenistan has undergone steady economic growth sustained by world's fourth largest natural gas servers. Today, the Turkmen government is aggressively promoting development of high valued-added natural gas products as well as diversification of exports and sales channels. Turkmenistan is taking steps to strengthen ties with neighbouring countries through these efforts, and this power project for export to Afghanistan is one of these initiatives.
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