Overview

KOSPO needed an upgrade to its 7F fleet that helped keep pace with South Korea’s fast evolution, expansion, and call for greater power—along with the ability to lower its carbon output.

The challenge

With a rise in energy demand born from economic growth, KOSPO looked to upgrade its fleet of 7F gas turbines for added capacity and future-looking greenhouse emissions control.

The solution

Two GE 7Ha.03 gas turbines were integrated along with the DLNe 2.6 combustion system, a combo that bolsters performance and operational flexibility while reducing CO2 emissions.

Outcomes

Transition to a low carbon future

160,000

homes potentially powered by KOSPO’s energy

NOx at the main stack, using DLNe 2.6 combustion

+64%

net combined cycle efficiency of the 7HA.03

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We are honored to support KOSPO in reducing carbon through power and thermal energy via liquefied natural gas. Natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants are the lowest emitting fossil fuel power plants, and with South Korea’s power generation stemming primarily from fossil sources, the 7HA will play a critical role in the transition to its lower carbon future.

James Kim

GE Gas Power, Country Leader, South Korea

South Korea is headed upward. With ranking 1st in the Bloomberg Innovation Index of 60 nations, the highest broadband penetration in the world at 97%, and a projected 4% annual GDP growth, South Korea is poised to bloom as a technology leader. Steadily powering 11% of the country as its largest utility, KOSPO sought state-of-the-art upgrades to its 7F gas turbine fleet.

“Only those who prepare themselves will meet a prosperous future” is KOSPO’s philosophy; one that well aligns with South Korea’s “Green New Deal”: a transition from fossil fuels, development of a hydrogen economy, and expansion of renewables, all aiming at carbon-neutrality by 2050.

With GE as partner, two H-class evolutions were integrated—that’s two 7HA.03 gas turbines. They’re the largest, most efficient turbines in the world, with the lowest cost conversion of gas to electricity in a 60-hertz platform. Their modular configuration also enables greater plant economics and faster installation for engineering, procurement, and construction vendors.

Complementing the turbines is GE’s DLN 2.6e combustion system with advanced premixing. This adds fuel flexibility and performance, also empowering KOSPO to lower NOx emissions at its Shinsejong Combined Cycle Power Plant in Nuri-ri, Yeongi-myon, Sejong Multifunctional Administrative City.

GE gas turbines provide over 14,000 MW of generation capacity in South Korea. The new units are driving the performance of KOSPO’s Shinsejong Combined Cycle Power Plant, which will be the first plant powered by GE 7HA.03 gas turbines in the region. GE is proud to help supply grid power, district heating, and air conditioning to Sejong City, the administrative capital of South Korea.

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See our first team-up!

GE and KOSPO have joined forces before. During a key point in South Korea’s growth, GE’s fleet upgrades to KOSPO’s Shin-Incheon and Busan plants resulted in an additional 215 MW—enough to energize 160,000 homes.

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