GE gas turbine running on hydrogen–natural gas blend powers up at COP27

A GE LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine running on hydrogen–natural gas blended fuel has been demonstrated at the Sharm El Sheikh Power Plant during COP27 – the first time it has operated on the African continent.

The proof-of-concept demonstrations of the unit, running on the mixed fuel, show it is possible to generate lower carbon and reliable, on demand power by burning hydrogen-blended fuels in gas turbines, and the prospect of operating at lower carbon intensity and complementing the growth of variable renewables by providing on demand electricity to firm the grid.

The project was executed less than five months after a strategic cooperation agreement (SCA) was signed among Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), GE, Hassan Allam Construction, and PGESCO. It is the first time that GE’s LM6000 gas turbine was run on hydrogen-blended fuel on the African continent.

GE led the conception, planning, and execution of the project, as well as the building of the hydrogen-natural gas blending system; Hassan Allam supplied the manpower and equipment needed for installation, related civil works, hydrogen needed for testing, and the piping and cabling system that transported hydrogen to the mixing skid and the turbine; and PGESCO helped design the project and provided engineering expertise.

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