GE’s Power Services business said
on Monday that it will upgrade four GT13E2 gas turbines at the Phu My power
complex of EVN Power Generation Corporation 3 (EVNGENCO3) in Ba Ria-Vung Tau
The project in the southern
province is the first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade order in Asia of the
company after it acquired Alstom’s Power & Grid businesses.
As part of GE’s recent
acquisition of Alstom’s Power & Grid businesses, GE’s Power Services
integrated a number of Alstom generating technologies into its portfolio,
including the GT13E2 turbine, as well as the MXL2 upgrade package. GE also
assumed responsibility for a portfolio of Alstom power plant services
contracts, including a long-term service agreement for the Phu My power complex
Dinh Quoc Lam, president and CEO
of EVNGENCO3, said in a statement that the corporation values the proven
performance of utilizing the GT13E2 gas turbine technology and is cooperating
with GE on MXL2 service upgrade solutions to achieve its operational goals.
The upgrades are expected to
deliver a combined-cycle efficiency increase of 1%, resulting in fuel saving of
almost 2% and reduced CO2 emissions. Power output will rise by 50 megawatts
(MW) and gas turbine inspection intervals will extend to 48,000 equivalent
operating hours to reduce maintenance and repair expenses, reducing plant costs
and improving profitability.
Paul McElhinney, president and
CEO of GE’s Power Services business, said in the statement that with the
acquisition of Alstom’s power generation technology and services capabilities,
the business is now able to provide power plant operators with an even greater
range of hardware and software solutions to reduce their fuel and equipment
lifecycle costs and strengthen their competitiveness.
“With Vietnam’s energy demand
rising by more than 10% annually, the additional 50 MW this project brings will
help ease national power shortages, particularly for the southern part of
Vietnam,” McElhinney said.
The GT13E2 MXL2 upgrade uses
Alstom’s F-class turbine blading technology to increase efficiency and extend
turbine lifetime. Improved turbine sealing minimizes losses, while advanced
cooling technologies enable extension of the service interval.
The Phu My upgrade project also
supports GE’s focus on Vietnam’s energy sector as part of its Asia Pacific
In September this year, GE
announced that it will provide two high-efficiency, supercritical steam
turbines and generators for PetroVietnam’s Long Phu 1 coal-fired power plant.
Viet Nam could meet agriculture
export targets in 2015: ministry
Viet Nam could well meet the
target of US$30 billion in agro, forestry and fishery exports for 2015 as total
exports in 11 months ending in November reached $27.41 billion.
The Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development said that export value of farming, forestry and fishery
products from January to November had a year-on-year reduction of 1.9 per cent
to US$27.4 billion, including $2.57 billion in November.
The reduction rate in the first
11 months was lower than the plunge rate of 3.8 per cent in the first ten
months, said the ministry. So, it expected the total national export value of
farming, forestry and fishery products to gain the target for this whole year.
During the first 11 months, the
export value fell by 4 per cent to $12.74 billion for major farming products,
and 16.4 per cent to $6.01 billion for seafood product. But it increased by 8.2
per cent to $6.4 billion for forestry products.
Most of the farming products saw
a fall in the export value, especially key export farming products such as
rice, seafood and coffee, the ministry said.
The strongest reduction in the
first 11 months was coffee exports with 27.7 per cent in volume and 30.2 per
cent in value against the same period of last year. The coffee exports reached
1.13 million tons in volume and $3.3 billion in value, of which 85,000 tons in
November, earning $162 million.
Rice exports also posted a 4.9
per cent drop in value to $2.65 billion despite a 3.6 per cent increase in
quantity to 6.24 million tons in the first 11 months.
Meanwhile, an upward trend was
recorded in the export of pepper, cashew nut, cassava and cassava-based
commodities, with revenues rising from between 2.9 per cent and 19 per cent.
Significant fall of seafood
product exports to the United States of over 25 per cent, Japan of 13 per cent,
and South Korea of 14 per cent, resulted in the decline of 16.4 per cent in
total aquaculture export value in the reviewed period.
In the near future, the ministry
would organise more trade promotion activities in some foreign markets, aiming
to sell dragon fruits to the Japanese market and chicken to Russia while
expanding its foothold in potential markets.
The ministry would also keep
production at certain levels to increase quality and competitive ability for
advantageous products of Viet Nam such as rice, coffee, rubber, and fish, in
addition to pepper and cashew.