With the global steel industry working to reduce the environmental
impact of its production activities, GE (GE) is supplying Japan
steel producer JFE
Steel Co. Ltd. with a heavy duty Frame 9E gas turbine system for an
innovative steel gas-to-energy recovery project at the company's East
Japan Iron Works in Chiba City, located in the Keiyo (Tokyo-Chiba)
Industrial Park east of Tokyo.
Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Toshiba Plant
Systems & Services Corp. will install GE's 9E gas turbine as well as a GE-designed
9A5 generator and associated equipment at JFE's new 150-megawatt
(MW), multiple fuel, combined-cycle power plant. The sprawling steel
mill operation produces about 8 million tons of crude steel annually,
according to JFE.
East Japan Works has a strict
resource and energy conservation program in place. The new
combined-cycle plant will mainly use the steel mill's own blast furnace
and coke oven gases to generate on-site power for the mill's operations
and significantly reduce the site's annual carbon dioxide emissions.
GE also will provide maintenance services through a comprehensive,
15-year parts supply and repair service agreement to further enhance
customer value and the availability of the power plant. GE's contractual
service agreements (CSAs) are structured to provide customers with
predictable maintenance costs, while ensuring high availability and a
steady revenue flow from power plant operations. To date, GE has
long-term service agreements in place at more than 700 sites worldwide.
'As one of the world's leading supplier of gas turbines, we are excited
to demonstrate how our heavy duty turbines have the operational
flexibility to help JFE and other steel producers effectively deal with
their gases that have fluctuating thermal qualities,' said Paul
Browning, president and CEOâ€”Thermal Products for GE Energy.
With its flexible fuel handling capabilities, GE's
workhorse Frame 9E gas turbineâ€”which has compiled more than 20
million hours of utility and industrial service worldwideâ€”can
accommodate a broad spectrum of fuels including natural gas, light and
heavy distillate oil, naphtha, crude, residual oil, blast furnace gas
and biofuels. It also can burn a variety of syngases produced from oil
or coal. Moreover, GE gas turbine technology provides for reduced impact
on the operation and maintenance of the gas turbine and is favored for
its reliability, durability and flexibility.
GE expects to begin delivering its generating equipment to Japan in
December 2013. JFE's East Japan Iron Works power plant is scheduled to
begin operating in June 2015.
While the JFE-Chiba project marks GE's first steel mill gas-to-energy
project in Japan, the company has established itself as a global leader
in steel mill gas-to-energy recovery projects that support a wide range
of power outputs. For example:
2011, GE announced an order to supply its 9E gas turbine
technology for a new 170-megawatt power plant at Handan Iron & Steels
mill in Handan City, China. In 2010, Wuhan
Iron & Steel began operating an on-site waste gas-to-energy
plant powered by two of GE's 9E gas turbines. Meanwhile, additional
coke oven gas projects in China are utilizing GE's Frame 6B gas
For steel mill distributed power applications under 100 MW, GE also
offers its aeroderivative
gas turbine and Jenbacher
specialty gas engine technologies. Key projects include the Henan
Liyuen Char Group Company's coke gas-fired, aeroderivative gas turbine
combined cycle plant at LiYuan,
China. The 62-MW plant was commissioned in 2011 and is powered by
two of GE's LM2500+ aeroderivative units. Meanwhile, more than 50 of
GE's Jenbacher engines are powering smaller steel gas-to-energy power
plants worldwide, including pioneering projects in Bilbao and AvilÃ©s
These diverse applications illustrate how GE is providing the steel
industry's global supply chain with more reliable, energy-efficient
on-site power solutions.
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