Mitsubishi Power begins commercial operation of the first M701JAC gas turbine at Rayong plant in Thailand

Mitsubishi Power, a power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited (MHI), has commenced operation of the first M701JAC unit at a natural gas-fired power plant project in Rayong Province, Thailand.

The Rayong plant is owned and operated by Gulf PD Company Limited (Note), a joint venture project by Gulf Energy Development PCL, one of the largest independent power producers in Thailand, and Mitsui & Co., Limited. Power generated at these plants will be sold to Thailand’s Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). This milestone is part of a turnkey contract signed in 2018 for the construction of two gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) thermal power generation facilities in Chonburi and Rayong provinces, each with four M701JAC gas turbine units providing an output of 2,650 MW. Mitsubishi Power has delivered five of the gas turbines within the contract delivery period, and the two plants are expected to be commercially operation by October 2024. Notably, all four units of the Chonburi power plant, operated by Gulf SRC Company Limited, commenced commercial operation in October 2022 and have exceeded 25,000 actual operating hours.