GE upgrades JFE’s GT26 MXL2 unit at Chiba Power Plant

In continuing its over 15-year commitment to keep JFE’s gas turbine fleet competitive in Japan’s energy marketplace, GE will upgrade JFE’s existing GT26 MXL2 unit to GE’s latest and most advanced solution introduced on a GT26 gas turbine: the HE upgrade. This solution will provide JFE Steel with GE’s most advanced performance improvements for an F-class combined-cycle gas turbine. 
The GT26 HE upgrade, introduced in 2019, provides a leap forward in efficiency, output, and reliability. It is powered partly through advanced technology from GE’s flagship HA gas turbine, the most efficient in the industry, with additive manufactured parts and innovations in aerodynamics, material science, and combustion dynamics. It embeds technology breakthroughs across every major component of the GT26 frame—turbine, compressor and combustor—to take turbine performance to a new level, significantly decreasing fuel costs while increasing full-load output and enhancing reliability.
The upgrade is expected to be completed in Baden, Switzerland and shipped to Chiba, Japan, for installation in 1Q 2021 and is expected to be operational by mid-2Q 2021.