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Inter RAO And GE Expand Partnership In Localization Of Production And Service Of Power Equipment In Russia

Inter RAO And GE Expand Partnership In Localization Of Production And Service Of Power Equipment In Russia

Inter RAO Group and General Electric signed a package of agreements that develop a partnership of companies aimed at increasing the level of localization of production and maintenance of high-capacity gas turbines in Russia. The agreements provide for a significant increase in local competencies, including through the transfer of relevant technologies and the expansion of the scope of activities of the joint venture "inter RAO" and GE – LLC "Russian Gas Turbines" (RGT) as a center of excellence and the primary production site for localization of GE gas turbine equipment in the region.

The companies plan to further localize the production of gas turbines in Russia under the GE license. To meet the requirements for participants in state investment programs for the construction and/or modernization of generating capacities (PDM programs, power supply agreements), Inter RAO and GE plan to increase up to 100% the localization level of the 6F.03 gas turbine with a unit capacity of up to 88 MW, which is currently produced at the RGT plant in Rybinsk, as well as to start local production of another model of GE – GT13E2 gas turbines with a capacity of up to 210 MW. Besides, inter RAO and GE intend to ensure deep localization of competencies in terms of maintenance and repair of the specified gas turbine equipment.

The companies agreed to use the RGT production site in Rybinsk, as well as the GE gas turbine service center in Kaluga as a base for further localization of production, maintenance, and repair of gas turbine equipment. Under the agreement, RGT will get the rights to manufacture, service, and sell 6F.03 and GT13E2 gas turbines in Russia and several export markets. GE will also provide technical support and staff training to support the development of the necessary local competencies.

"The expansion of the range of turbines, which will be produced locally at the Russian gas turbines plant, will allow inter RAO to start implementing the company's medium-term strategy, recently approved by the Board of Directors, in terms of developing power engineering as a separate major business area," said Boris KOVALCHUK, General Director of inter RAO. – Our joint venture must also focus on providing service for gas turbines, which is very popular in Russia today. Thus, the implementation of the project with GE will play a significant role in the entire energy and power engineering sector of the country."

Scott STRAZIK, President and Chief Executive officer of GE Gas Power, said: "We are happy to develop our partnership with inter RAO. The 6F.03 and GT13E2 units provide high performance, reliability, and best-in-class efficiency and will contribute to the successful implementation of the Russian energy modernization program and the creation of a more reliable, flexible, and efficient power system."

For his part, Ron Pollett, Vice President of GE, President and Chief Executive officer of GE in Russia/CIS, said: "GE consistently and successfully works with inter RAO, our strategic partner, in the framework of joint projects to localize advanced technologies for the Russian energy sector. Today we have identified the key areas of joint work at the new stage. Our efforts will be aimed at creating additional opportunities for Russian energy companies to improve the efficiency of their generating assets and for local component suppliers through their participation in the chain of production and maintenance of equipment. The agreement once again confirms GE's commitment to a long-term development strategy in the region."

This agreement develops the history of successful cooperation between inter RAO and GE in the field of implementation of the program for localization of production and service of gas turbines for the Russian energy sector. In particular, since 2014, Russian Gas Turbines LLC, a joint venture of inter RAO Group and GE, has been supplying its products to the Russian energy market. The company produces, sells, and provides service support for gas turbine units (GTU) of type 6F. 03 under the GE license. The efficiency of the GTU 6F. 03 in the combined cycle is more than 55%. The installation is characterized by high reliability, compactness, and the ability to work on different types of fuel, including in harsh climatic conditions, which allows it to be used in power generation, district heat supply, and industrial cogeneration. Currently, more than 200 installations are in operation, operating at customer sites in more than 40 countries. In Russia, more than 20 installations successfully operate on power units with a total capacity of about 2 GW.

In March 2018, in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, two new thermal power plants (TPPs) – Mayakovskaya and Talakhovskaya – were successfully commissioned based on 4 GTU 6F.03 produced by RGT, which provided an additional 300 MW of power to the Kaliningrad region's power system. In total, eight 6F.03 gas turbines produced in Rybinsk were delivered to the power facilities of the region, including four installations for the Pregolskaya TPP, which was commissioned in March 2019.

The GE GT13E2 gas turbine provides industry-leading efficiency for the E-class, in particular power and performance, along with a more flexible and long-term maintenance plan that reduces operating costs and fuel consumption. The GT13E2 unit generates up to 210 MW of power with an efficiency of more than 55% in combined cycle mode. The model provides a choice between two operating modes: with the optimal performance or with extended repair intervals. This option allows energy companies to flexibly respond to fluctuations in electricity demand, which provides them with potential cost savings. The global fleet of GT13E2 turbines is more than 150 units with a total operating time of more than 10 million hours (66 thousand starts). GT13E2 is a proven technology for high-capacity power plants.

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