A new power plant is expected to deliver 1.34 gigawatts of electricity to China’s Guangdong province and steam for the industrial process of the chemical complex present in Huizhou, and a powerful partnership from GE and Harbin Electric Corporation will play a vital role. In late 2021, the two companies announced that Chinese state-owned power utility Guangdong Energy Group Co., Ltd. has ordered two GE 9HA.01 gas turbines for its Guangdong Huizhou combined cycle power plant in Guangdong province, in the Greater Bay Area. 

Expected to burn up to 10 percent by volume of hydrogen blended with natural gas upon start of operation, the gas turbines will be the first to burn hydrogen blended with natural gas in mainland China. The project is expected to be operational in 2023 providing 1.34 gigawatts of power to the Guangdong province, which is an agglomeration of cities, to strengthen international cooperation and promote lower-carbon, inclusive, coordinated and sustainable development. Harbin Electric Corporation will also provide steam for the industrial process of the chemical complex present in Huizhou. The project marks first GE 9HA.01 gas turbines blending hydrogen in mainland China and first manufactured from GE-Harbin Electric HDGT joint venture in Qinhuangdao 


China is committed to the coal-to-gas transition and implementing its policy to reduce coal’s share to under 58 percent of the energy mix. Hydrogen-blended natural gas-fired generators have the lowest CO2 emissions of all fossil power generation fuels—a 10 percent hydrogen-blended natural gas-fired combined cycle plant has roughly 40 percent of the CO2 emissions of a similarly sized coal plant, and lower emissions levels for other pollutants such as mercury, NOx, SOx, and particulate matter. 

“GE has long been our preferred partner when transitioning our power plants from coal to natural gas, exceeding our expectations in projects such as our Dongguan Ningzhou power plant” a representative of Guandong Energy Group adds. 

“In Guangdong, we focus on meeting the growing electricity and steam needs while reducing carbon emissions, and we are proud our plant will be GE’s first hydrogen-blended natural gas fueled facility in mainland China. This project will be foundational in promoting the use of hydrogen blending in power generation across other provinces.”  

“GE sees hydrogen-blended natural gas serving as a catalyst accelerating the world’s efforts towards decarbonizing the power generation sector,” says Ma Jun, utility sales general manager of GE Gas Power China. “We are pleased that Guangdong Energy Group once again has selected our H-Class technology to deliver highly efficient power generation that will emit even less carbon when blended with hydrogen. The units will initially operate on a blend of up to 10 percent hydrogen by volume, with potential for an increase in future.” 


The project marks the first localized 9HA.01 manufactured by General Harbin Electric Gas Turbine (Qinhuangdao) Co., Ltd. in mainland China. The joint venture was formed in 2019 between GE and Harbin Electric as a joint effort to focus on heavy duty gas turbine localization, aiming to deliver efficient and reliable support for China natural and hydrogen-blended gas power plants. In addition, Harbin Electric will provide steam turbine, generator, and balance-of-plant equipment for the Guangdong Huizhou power plant. 

GE’s H-Class gas turbine portfolio currently has the capability to burn up to 50 percent by volume of hydrogen when blended with natural gas. This capability is enabled by the DLN2.6e combustion system that is standard on current 9HA.01/9HA.02/7HA.03 gas turbines offerings. The technology in this combustion system was developed as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s High Hydrogen Turbine program, and enabled combustion of high hydrogen without diluent. This technology has enabled the DLN 2.6e combustion system to operate on blends of natural gas and hydrogen, and GE has a technology roadmap to achieve 100 percent hydrogen in this platform. 


GE and Harbin Electric have been suppliers for Guangdong Energy Group for many years. GEG selected GE’s two 9F gas turbines for Xinhui Power Plant. Additionally, GE is currently supporting the plant operator’s transition from coal-to-gas at its Dongguan Ningzhou power plant. GEG selected GE’s three 9HA.02 gas turbines and Harbin Electric’s stream turbine, generator and other auxiliary equipment for the Dongguan Ningzhou combined cycle power plant in Guangdong province, also in the Greater Bay Area. 

GE Gas Power serves over 100 customers’ needs for more than 200 gas turbines in mainland China, with an installed power capacity of 46 gigawatts. Built on 129 years of heritage, industry expertise, and leadership, GE Gas Power is among the first international manufacturer and supplier of gas turbine technology to enter China. 


GE Gas Power has continuously deepened its cooperation with its local partner, establishing a strategic partnership with Harbin Electric. The two companies established Qinhuangdao Energy Service Center in 2004, focusing on the maintenance and services of heavy-duty gas turbines hot gas path components. At present, the repair center has carried out the repair work of heavy-duty gas turbines hot gas path components worldwide and has become one of the most important enterprises in GE global supply chain. 

From 2017, GE Gas Power entered this strategic partnership to build a gas turbine manufacturing joint venture in Qinhuangdao. Both of the 9HA.01 gas turbines to be installed in the Guangdong Huizhou combined cycle power plant will be built at the GE-Harbin Electric joint venture in mainland China. GE has long operated with a commitment to a comprehensive localization structure that effectively increases GE’s responsiveness to customer needs and reduces the cost of new units and services. 


GE’s HA gas turbine auxiliary systems are pre-configured, factory assembled and tested modules engineered to reduce field connections, piping, and valves. This translates to a simpler installation that reduces field schedule and installation quality risks while improving overall installation times—up to 25 percent quicker compared to GE F-class gas turbine enclosures.

By Laura Aresi and June Cong, GE Gas Power 


SieGE Gas Power is a world leader in natural gas power technology, services, and solutions. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are providing more advanced, cleaner, and efficient power that people depend on today and building the energy technologies of the future. With the world’s largest installed base of gas turbines and more than 670 million operating hours across GE’s installed fleet, we offer advanced technology and a level of experience that’s unmatched in the industry to build, operate, and maintain leading gas power plants. For more information, visit www.ge.com/power/gas.

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