Distributed generation ensures a reliable power supply. That is what the Thai government defends, and it has created a program for Small Power Producers to promote the construction of distributed power generation facilities, because in addition to ensuring security of supply, its makes Thailand more attractive to foreign investors.
Thailand is the largest market for the Siemens gas turbine model SGT-800, with 70 units sold to date, and now the German company announces the signing of a contract for the delivery of 18 additional of these industrial turbines to the Asian country in addition to technical assistance for the installation of the units.
The company will also be responsible for the long-term maintenance service of these turbines. Six of them have a capacity of 53 megawatts (MW) each, while the capacity of the remaining twelve units is 50.5 MW each, totaling 924 MW.
Nine combined cycle plants
The units will be installed in nine combined cycle cogeneration power plants with a total installed capacity of 1,100 MW. The customer is es TEC Project Services Corporation (TPS), a subsidiary of Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corporation (TEC).
The nine industrial power plants, each equipped with two SGT-800 gas turbines, will be built in five new industrial parks: Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate, Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard, Hi-Tech Industrial Estate, Hemaraj Rayong Industrial Land and Hemaraj Saraburi Industrial Land.
“The success of the Small Power Producers program is key in order to increase our market share for the SGT-800 model in in Asia and the Pacific markets. EPC customers and partners throughout Asia acknowledge the importance of energy solutions that are flexible, efficient, decentralized and meet emission standards, “said Wolfgang Konrad, CEO of Distribution Business Unit within Distributed Generation in Siemens Power and Gas. “The SGT-800 is the best in its category in this power range, and being equipped with the dry low emission modern technology allows it to meet emissions standards in a wide range of operation.”
“Our objectives in the Small Power Producers program have been complicated, with multiple projects underway in parallel with a large number of performance targets and a tight schedule. The success of projects requires strong and committed partners, and we are glad that Siemens has proven to be that strong and committed partner for our first projects in 2010, “said Ravi Kurmarohita, First Senior Vice President of Business Development and Projects in Gulf Energy Development Company Limited.
Siemens in Thailand
Of the 70 turbines that Siemens has sold to Thailand, twenty of them are already in commercial operation. The market share in the country for this model has reached 65% in the last five years.
In the rest of the world and with data from June 2015, 270 gas turbines model SGT-800 have been sold, and the fleet has accumulated more than three million hours of operation. The version of 53 MW continues to provide the traditional reliable design and proven efficiency of the SGT-800 gas turbine, since only been small improvements have been made necessary such as optimized and rescheduled compressor stages, improved cooling design for the turbine blades and adjusted separation distances in the turbine stages 1 and 2. All components are fully retro-adaptable with version 50.5 MW.