Press Release

GE Breathes New Life into Taiwan’s Largest Hydroelectric Power Plant
Nov 22, 2016
  • GE will provide upgrade service to Taiwan Power Company to renew Start-up Frequency Converters (SFC) of Mingtan Power Plant
  • The upgrade will extend the hydro plant’s operational life by 20 years, with reduced maintenance work and improved efficiency
  • GE’s expertise will ensure uninterrupted operations of the power plant qduring the upgrade

Taiwan – 22 November - With its installed capacity of 1602MW, the Mingtan Pumped Storage Hydro Power Plant is Taiwan’s largest hydroelectric power plant and has a crucial role in supplying the region with clean and reliable energy.

GE’s Power Conversion business was recently chosen by Taiwan Power Company to provide upgrade service which will be able to extend the hydro plant’s operational life by 20 years. As one of the leading suppliers of equipment for pumped-storage power plants, GE has played an active role in facilitating a cleaner energy mix by augmenting the adoption of hydro power in various regions of the world.

Within the service contract, GE will provide upgrades to two sets of SFC control systems which will improve harmonic levels at the plant. In addition, GE will also provide uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and conduct factory acceptance tests (FAT) as well as onsite tests.

Thanks to GE’s expertise in providing high-end engineering solutions, the power plant will continue to operate throughout the upgrade procedure. Upon the conclusion of these upgrades, the operational life of the plant will be extended, all while improving efficiency and reducing maintenance work. GE’s solution will also allow the generator start-up to be energized by both thermal and hydro power.

“GE’s deep technical knowledge has been evident as they updated key equipment at Mingtan Pumped Storage Hydro Power Plant. Thanks to their competent engineering team, crucial upgrades were carried out without impacting operations at the plant,” says a spokesperson from Taiwan Power Company.

“We are proud of our partnership with the Taiwan Power Company. Through this partnership and building on our engineering expertise, we have been able to play an important role in upgrading the biggest hydro power plant in Taiwan by providing productive, long-lasting, low-maintenance technology,” explains Haiming Li, China Service Director, GE’s Power Conversion business.

The SFC control systems provided by GE can potentially also find application at thermal power plants owned by the Taiwan Power Company.



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