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Siemens to upgrade HCMC steam power plant

Released at: 14:19, 13/11/2019

Siemens to upgrade HCMC steam power plant

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Hiep Phuoc 1 plant to become a combined cycle power plant.

by Doanh Doanh

Siemens will provide the equipment to upgrade the Hiep Phuoc 1 steam power plant in Ho Chi Minh City to a combined cycle power plant.

The project will increase the plant’s electrical capacity by roughly 780MW to approximately 1,200MW. The modernized plant will be fired with regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead of the oil that has been used to date.

By changing the fuel, deploying modern F-class gas turbines from Siemens, and using the waste heat from the gas turbines to produce electricity, CO2 emissions can be cut almost in half for each kilowatt hour produced on-site. The customer, the Hiep Phuoc Power Co. Ltd., will then be able to ensure a reliable, secure, and environmentally-friendly power supply for Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam.

“We are proud to support Hiep Phuoc Power in improving the electricity supply situation with an environmentally-friendly power plant solution,” said Mr. Andreas Pistauer, head of the Asia/Pacific Region within Siemens Gas and Power. “At the same time, the extension to efficient combined cycle technology will diversify the plant’s operational functionality and thus increase customer flexibility.”

The scope of supply from Siemens includes three SGT5-4000F gas turbines, three generators, three heat recovery steam generators, related electrical equipment and the SPPA-T3000 control system.

Once the power plant has been upgraded, the waste heat from the gas turbines will be used to generate steam. The steam obtained will be used to drive the existing steam turbines and generators for electricity production. Recommissioning of the upgraded plant is scheduled for the second half of 2022. To meet existing electricity demand in Vietnam, Hiep Phuoc Power will be able to provide around 520MW to the grid by mid-2021 through open cycle operations.

Siemens is a leading supplier of combined cycle power plants in Vietnam, with strong projects including the Phu My 2-1 and Phu My 3 extensions as well as orders for the Ca Mau 1 and 2 and Nhon Trach 2 power plants.

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