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General Electric has started up commercial operations at the Junliangcheng 661-MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Tianjin City, mainland China, it said February 1. The plant, replaces a coal-fired plant. Following the coal-to-gas transition, Junliangcheng plant is expected to reduce sulphur dioxide (SO2) and NOx emissions by some 1,194 and 7,775 metric tons/year respectively, it said.

The plant is owned by China Huadian Tianjin Junliangcheng Power Generation Co, part of China Huadian Corporation (CHD) and features the first commercially operating GE 9HA.01 technology in China. GE’s local partner, Harbin Electric, provided the steam turbine, generator and balance-of-plant equipment for Juliangcheng.

CHD said: “Coal-to-gas switching is an effective and rapid method to reduce emissions and we are pleased to have selected GE’s highly efficient gas technology for this project. We have been working with GE since 2014 and we put our trust in GE’s record-setting HA technology. We are sure our CHP plant represents a best practice for modernization and transition of existing coal-fired power plants in the country”.

GE said its “new, high efficiency combined cycle capacity offers massive potential to combat climate change, and we are honoured to support our customers like China Huadian in this transition.”