GE and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand have announced the start of commercial operation of EGAT’s Bang Pakong Power Plant Block 1 and 2 in Bang Pakong, Chachoengsao Province, approximately 60 kilometers south of Bangkok. Built in 1977, the original Bang Pakong Power Plant complex comprised of five blocks burning natural gas and diesel. The two new gas-fired combined cycle blocks, powered by GE’s equipment, replaced the retired ones and were incorporated in EGAT’s Bang Pakong power plant with the objective to improve efficiency and reduce carbon footprint of the Bang Pakong plant. This project is aligned with EGAT’s goals to improve efficiency and reliability, reduce CO2 and NOx emissions, and lower electricity costs for its overall assets, replacing them with highly efficient combined cycle power generation equipment. The new blocks add approximately 1,400 Megawatts (MW) of electricity, the equivalent power needed by approximately 3 million Thai homes. They are powered by two of GE’s 9HA.02 gas turbines, the company’s most efficient 50 Hz gas turbines, for the first time in Thailand, as well as two advanced STF-A650 steam turbines, and two W86 generators. GE has also signed a long-term services agreement with EGAT to provide parts, repairs and maintenance services for these sites.