Korea Western Power develops its own gas turbine
More than 100 officials from Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) and Doosan Enerbility attended the event, along with Industry Minister Moon Sung-wook, Gimpo Mayor Jung Ha-young and Korea Western Power CEO Park Hyung-duck.
To create a domestic turbine, instead of relying on foreign products, Korea Western Power began developing the technology for power generation jointly with the private sector in 2013.
In December 2020, the company began construction of the Gimpo Combined Heat and Power Plant to install the gas turbines.
The Gimpo Combined Heat and Power Plant will be equipped with 270-megawatt gas turbines manufactured by Doosan Enerbility.
The G-class turbines can withstand high temperatures above 1,500 degrees Celsius.
The capacity of the Gimpo Plant reaches a total of 495 megawatts with the addition of a 225-megawatt steam turbine.
The electricity and heat produced there will be supplied to about 580,000 households in the area.
After the installation of the gas turbine, Korea Western Power is planning to conduct an on-grid field trial for two years from July 2023 to July 2025.
If the demonstration is successfully completed, Korea will be the fifth country with technology covering the whole process from design to operation of large-scale power generation gas turbines.
The Gimpo Combined Heat and Power Plant is eventually expected to become the first Korean gas combined cycle power plant using domestic gas turbines.
Korea Western Power is looking to export Korean gas combined cycle power plant technology in the future.
“The Gimpo plant will serve as a cornerstone for improving performance and developing operation technologies of standard gas combined generation,” said Korea Western Power CEO Park. “We hope the construction of a Korean gas combined cycle power plant will revitalize the domestic power industrial ecosystem.”
BY HAJIN KIM (firstname.lastname@example.org)