Gas-fired power plant ordered for new petrochemical complex in China

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, July 12 -- BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany, and China's state-owned China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) have let contracts for a new natural gas-fired power plant at their planned world-scale grassroots integrated petrochemical complex at Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.

Construction is under way on the $2.9 billion project, which will produce 600,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, plus derivatives.

The BASF-Sinopec joint venture has awarded contracts for construction of the combined-cycle power plant, which will be built by Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea, and for the supply of the facility's power plant equipment.

GE Power Systems received a contract of about $38 million euros to supply three GE MS6001B gas turbine-generators for the power plant, which will provide 175 Mw of power to the petrochemical facility. The GE contract also includes technical advisory services and training.

The gas turbines initially will use natural gas as the primary fuel, with naphtha as a backup. The turbines will be manufactured in Essen, Germany, and shipped to the site in April 2003.

Commercial operation is set for July 2004.

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