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March 24, 2010

Ranhill Powertron Selects GE

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Ranhill Powertron II plant, the largest and most efficient independent power plant in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia, has announced it selected GE for the first Frame 6FA gas turbine. This new partnership will support the Malaysian government’s energy strategy to promote cleaner and more efficient power generation.

Officials with GE said the company installed its first steam turbine in 1901 and currently represents over a million Megawatts of installed capacity in more than 120 countries. With over 13,500 wind and 3,600 hydro turbines, the installed capacity of renewable energy exceeds 160,000 MW.

Ranhill is one of Malaysia’s largest companies that focus on industrial sectors essential to the nation’s growth, including oil and gas, power, water and infrastructure. It is also one of Malaysia’s largest companies and is a leading engineering corporation. According to the agreement, GE will supply two Frame 6FA gas turbine-generator packages, training and technical advisory services and performance testing. 

“Many countries around the world, such as Malaysia, are seeking to meet their growing power demands in a responsible manner,” said John Reinker, general manager-gas turbine combined cycle product line, for GE Power & Water.

 “Our proven, high-efficiency, advanced F-class gas turbine technology helps meet that goal by offering lower fuel consumption and improved environmental performance, compared to plants with older technology.”

In a bid to also cover repairs, upgrades and outage services for the turbines, GE and Ranhill signed another 21-year contractual service agreement.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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