GE’s Power Conversion business has chosen to help upgrade the 1602MW Mingtan pumped storage plant – the largest hydro scheme in Taiwan.
Taiwan Power Company has contracted GE to 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.
The upgrades – which will be carried out while the plant remains operational – are expected to help extend the plant’s operational life by 20 years. GE’s solution will also allow the generator start-up to be energized by both thermal and hydro power.
“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,” commented 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.