Powering South Africa's economic growth

The right solution for South Africa

South Africa’s energy needs are urgent, with a focus on providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy. The country will need new power capacity to bridge the gap and support the new energy mix—and ultimately provide a decarbonized energy future with a mix of LNG, gas, renewables and energy storage, all working together to provide security of supply and availability of power for the people of South Africa.

GE has the solution to help South Africa’s transition to a more sustainable and renewable future: The 9HA.02 gas turbine. Reliable, proven, hydrogen-capable and cost-effective, this powerful gas turbine can help keep the lights on and contribute to a healthier environment for the people of South Africa for many years to come.

More power, cleaner power

Introducing the 9HA.02 gas turbine

Highly reliable and efficient to run, the 9HA.02 gas turbine can help deliver the lowest cost per kWh as compared to other gas turbine technologies. In fact, the 9HA.02 can deliver more than 64% net efficiency in combined-cycle operation.

Our gas turbines can also run on a variety of liquid and gaseous fuels, including fuels that contain hydrogen, making them a good solution to help meet Italy’s current and future decarbonization goals.

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A proven design with 15 9HA gas turbines in operation. You will benefit from:

  • Lowest emissions of any gas turbine in the industry
  • Higher flexibility with reduced minimum environmental load to parking mode
  • Highest combined-cycle efficiency in industry
  • Modular configuration that reduces installation and cost
  • Tried and tested, proven technology
  • Hydrogen-ready gas turbines
  • Simple air-cooling architecture for easy plant integration
A leader in H-class technology

Save time and money, reduce risk

The highly efficient, air-cooled 9HA.02 gas turbine is an industry leader in the H-class space, delivering exceptionally low lifecycle costs per megawatt.

Global experience

A powerful installed base

GE introduced the first HA-class gas turbine in 2014 with the first 50Hz HA in commercial operation in 2016. Now the fastest-growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines, our HA fleet of over 50 commercial units has accumulated more than 930,000 operating hours. In total, more than 45 customers have ordered more than 120 gas turbines. Learn more about the benefits of the HA gas turbine fleet here.

Tried and tested

Proven technology

Installing a gas turbine in your plant shouldn’t involve any unknowns. Across our HA fleet, each original turbine is put through a rigorous full-speed, full-load (FSFL) validation test at our Greenville, South Carolina facility. This $200 million investment allows us to push the units beyond real-world conditions—running the turbines at 110% of their rated speeds at load, and replicating the harshest conditions, from the Arabian desert to the mountains of Colorado—all to ensure that our customers have security of supply for their end users.

Combined-cycle efficiency

Cost-efficient conversion of fuel to electricity

Our H-class gas turbines enable the most cost-effective conversion of fuel to electricity to help utilities and independent power producers (IPPs) meet increasing power demands while saving fuel and operating costs and meeting local emissions requirements. Our HA gas turbines have earned two world records for efficiency: one for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant for EDF in Bouchain, France, achieving 62.22% efficiency on a net combined-cycle basis on a 50 Hz grid; and a second world record for achieving 63.08% gross efficiency on a 60 Hz grid at the Nishi-Nagoya Power Station in Japan.

Simplified modular configuration

Faster installation reduces time and cost

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, faster installation that requires less labor and reduces field schedule and installation quality risks while improving overall installation times—up to 25% quicker compared to GE F-class gas turbine enclosures. This modular gas turbine configuration also makes it easier for technicians to perform any needed maintenance over the gas turbine’s lifecycle.

Cost-efficient imports to bridge energy gap quickly

Reliable power with liquefied natural gas

The long-term outlook for liquified natural gas (LNG) is positive because of gas availability in the Southern Africa region, international LNG availability, and market innovation in pricing and infrastructure technology. The LNG industry also contributes towards to a decarbonized energy future.

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A notable example from GE is the Porto de Sergipe power plant, an integrated LNG-to-power project built on the coastal state of Sergipe in Brazil. The project, which features three 7HA.02 gas turbines, together with a steam turbine and three heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), is capable of generating 1.5 GW, or around 15% of the Northeast region’s power needs. It is the largest combined-cycle, gas-fired power plant in South America.

The Porto de Sergipe power plant provides more reliable large-scale power for growing communities while enabling Brazil’s transition to lower-carbon energy. Equipped with GE’s record-setting HA gas turbines, the Sergipe power plant gives Brazil extra flexibility to manage its renewable-rich grid, and this integrated approach can be replicated in South Africa.

Hydrogen-ready gas turbines

Global expertise in the use of hydrogen

GE is the world leader in the application of fuels containing hydrogen in gas turbines. Over the last 30 years, our turbines have logged more than 6 million operating hours running on hydrogen with concentrations ranging from 5% to 95% (by volume). This experience has helped GE become one of the world leaders in the application of fuels containing hydrogen in gas turbines.

Enhancing operational performance

Enabling reliable, efficient and profitable operations

South Africa’s successful transition to a new decarbonized landscape will require that plant operators not only have the most efficient technology, but also the right digital tools to help improve performance and drive operational priorities across the fleet, regardless of OEM.

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GE is recognized as an industrial software leader, trusted by hundreds of innovative power generators around the world.


With GE’s digital solutions you will be able to:

  • Increase equipment reliability across the plant
  • Enhance your power generation capacity and flexibility
  • Operate in full compliance with the ENISA cyber security initiative
  • Boost the flexibility and productivity of your workforce
Partners for progress

GE’s 9HA gas turbine projects around the world

GE’s HA gas turbines are the technology of choice for many of the world’s power providers. We currently have 52 HAs in operation, 123 HA projects on order, and 39 HA projects under way across the globe. Learn more about some of them here.

France - Bouchain

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In 2016, GE and French partner EDF unveiled the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, powered by GE’s 9HA.01 gas turbine. With the ability to produce more than 600 MW of electricity with a 62.22% efficiency rating, this new gas turbine set a world record for efficiency and set the stage for the newest 9HA gas turbine model—the 9HA.02.

UAE - Hamriyah

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Owned by the Sharjah Hamriyah Independent Power Company (SHIPCO), the 1.8 GW Hamriyah Independent Power Plant (IPP) is expected to play a critical role in helping the emirate of Sharjah meet its future electricity demand and is a key component of the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority’s (SEWA’s) 2030 Roadmap to boost installed capacity to 4,600 megawatts. GE is supplying three 9HA.01 gas turbines, three steam turbines, six generators, three heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) and turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the power plant and will also provide parts, repairs and maintenance services for various equipment at the site for a period of approximately 25 years.

GE’s HA technology is expected to help make the Hamriyah project the most efficient power plant in the Middle East’s utilities sector once it is complete. Using three GE 9HA.01 units in combined cycle operations can also help SEWA reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 4 million tons per year, compared to current levels - the equivalent of taking up to 1 million cars off the UAE’s roads.

Greece - Agios Nikolaos

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Marking the 100th order for GE’s HA gas turbines, our 9HA.02 gas turbine will soon be powering Agios Nikolaos, one of the largest natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plants in Europe. Expected to begin operations toward the end of 2021, the Agios Nikolaos power plant will produce up to 826 MW of power and a thermal efficiency of more than 63%, making it one of Europe’s most efficient power plants as well.

Poland - Dolna Odra

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Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) has ordered two of GE’s high-efficiency, lower emission 9HA.01 gas turbines to power its Dolna Odra power plant in Poland. When operational in 2023, the two turbines, as well as two steam turbines and HRSGs, will generate up to 1.4 GW of power—enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1 million Polish households. They will also help stabilize the regional grid, which relies on offshore and onshore wind farms, and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2-3 million tons per year.

ISRAEL - Orot Rabin

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Israel Electric Corporation has ordered a second GE 9HA.01 gas turbine for its Orot Rabin combined-cycle power plant as part of the country’s strategy of converting the existing plant from coal to high-efficiency gas-fired generation. GE will also supply a steam turbine generator, heat recovery steam generator and balance of plant equipment, in addition to a 15-year service agreement. The new gas turbine is expected be in operation in 2023.

Malaysia - Track 4, Pasir Gudang (Johor Malaysia)

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Owned by Southern Power Generation Sdn Bhd., this 1440 MW combined-cycle power plant began commercial operation in February 2021 and is home to Malaysia’s first GE 9HA.02 gas turbines. The heart of the plant is two generating blocks, each equipped with a 9HA.02 gas turbine, generator and once-through heat recovery steam generator. Overall plant performance is monitored and enhanced with GE’s Predix* asset performance management (APM) software and Fleet360* platform of gas plant solutions.

*Trademark of General Electric Company

Thailand - EGAT Bangpakong (Bangkok)

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Thailand's largest gas-fired power plant, this 1,400 MW combined-cycle facility is owned and operated by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and will be equipped with 2 of GE's 9HA gas turbine. Completed in 2020, the plant is expected to deliver more than 1,400 MW to the national grid – enough electricity to supply the equivalent of up to 2 million average Thai homes and will help Thailand achieve its goal of securing 57,460 MW of power generation capacity by 2036.

Technology in motion

Powering the present and creating a more sustainable future

When it comes to climate change, there’s no bigger goal than zero emissions. Watch how GE can help achieve that goal with natural gas--lowering power emissions now and paving the way to a renewables future.

In 2016, GE—in partnership with EDF in France—introduced the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, powered by GE’s HA gas turbine. The HA ushered in a new era of efficiency, easier maintenance, and lower operating costs.

Take a look inside our Greenville, South Carolina (USA) facility, where our gas turbines are put through rigorous testing to ensure the highest customer performance.

Learn about the evolution of our HA gas turbines and get an inside look at the technology and innovation advancements that led to the development of the 9HA.02.

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