Part of China’s latest five-year plan for economic and social development involves achieving a 65% urbanization rate by 2025. More of the Chinese population moving into cities means an increased demand for reliable electricity, while simultaneously achieving net carbon neutrality by the middle of the 21st century.
One of China’s most rapidly developing urban areas in the Zhoushan archipelago will become home to a new combined-cycle natural gas power plant. Conceived as a showcase that will eventually demonstrate the benefits of hydrogen-based energy, the plant will house two GE Vernova 9HA.02 gas turbines expected to eventually operate using a hydrogen-mix fuel to produce electricity with lower carbon emissions.
The Five-Year Plan has been a hallmark of China’s economy. Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rose to power in the 1950s, its Central Committee has issued plans to help direct the country’s economic and social developments in the years to come. When China’s economy transitioned from a command economy to a more market-based model at the dawn of the 21st century, these plans evolved into guidelines that have received praise for their efficiency, capabilities, and importance to rapid economic growth.
A move toward urbanization is one of the 14th five-year plan’s (2021-2025) major tenants, along with an emphasis on sustainable energy. With many of China’s citizens expected to move into urban regions—some being developed specifically for this purpose—and there is a need to establish reliable, yet more environmentally sensitive, energy generating capacity.
The Zhoushan archipelago—about 100 miles south of Shanghai—is one area rapidly being developed into an urban industrial center. There, the state-owned Jineng (Zhoushan) Gas Power Generation Co., Ltd., is building a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant that will house a pair of GE Vernova 9HA.02 gas turbines with DLN2.6e combustion systems.
Expected to begin operating in 2025, the plant will use a fuel mixture of 10% hydrogen to help reduce carbon emissions, which China has pledged to eliminate by 2060.