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Black & Veatch to enhance Turkish power plant

by Paromita Dey on Jul 1, 2015


GAMA Power Systems Inc. (GAMA) has worked with Black & Veatch to replace ageing turbines since the 1980s.
GAMA Power Systems Inc. (GAMA) has worked with Black & Veatch to replace ageing turbines since the 1980s.

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Thailand-based Black & Veatch will design enhancements to the first gas-fired power plant in Turkey.

Drawing on global expertise from Thailand to the US, Black & Veatch will help transform Turkey's gas-fired power plant into one of the world's most efficient and modern combined cycle facilities.

Lead contractor GAMA Power Systems Inc. (GAMA) selected Black & Veatch to help replace aging turbines in operation since the 1980s.

The units will use the latest Siemens 50Hz H-class combustion turbines together with new steam turbines to generate approximately a total of 1,200 megawatts (MW). The replacement will increase power generation efficiency and simplify operations.

"By using the latest turbine technology, Hamitabat's current efficiency will rise from about 38% to 62%. This creates a more sustainable facility that burns less fuel for every megawatt with direct financial and environmental benefits in kind," said John Hughes, project director for Black & Veatch's energy business.

Black & Veatch is providing overall detailed design engineering and technical procurement support during the design phase as well as potentially on-site engineering during the construction.

"We are drawing on our deep bench of gas-fired experience here in Thailand as well as on our US colleagues, while working around the clock with GAMA in Turkey," said Ruechai Lagampan, Manager of Engineering.

Operating in Thailand since the 1960s, Black & Veatch has a number of gas-fired projects under its belt including the Glow Phase 5, and more recently Chana 2 and Wang Noi 4 which were completed in 2014.



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