The Guddu Thermal Power Plant is a thermal power station located in the Sindh region in Pakistan, 650 km from Karachi, the largest and most populous city in Pakistan.
Here, a vast reservoir of natural gas was discovered in the 1950, paving the way for the development of the Guddu power system, a complex with a capacity of 2,400MW, enough to power more than 700,000 homes annually.
In Guddu, ENGRO Fertilizer selected GE Oil & Gas to install three compression units driven by a gas engine. The three units were installed to increase the Guddu powerhouse electricity production by ~500 MW, improving the electricity shortage situation in Pakistan to a good extent. The project required GE to deliver installation, pre-commission, commission, start-up and performance test in only 6 weeks.
The project was challenging because of the harsh conditions, location and the tight customer deadline. ENGRO had the confidence in GE team to make this strategic work.
One of the challenges for the GE team was to stagger the shipment of the equipment components due to the short project schedule. The engine-compressor skid and the compressor cylinders were the first two items received at the site, while pulsation bottles and suction scrubbers were received towards the end of the schedule. This posed a huge task for the execution team to assemble the units on site and ensure that no assembly-related problems occurred during the startup.