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China chases ‘crown jewel’ of domestic gas turbine

China has spent more than a decade trying to develop its own heavy-duty gas turbine, putting gas-fired power at a disadvantage in the country China has spent more than a decade trying to develop its own heavy-duty gas turbine, putting gas-fired power at a disadvantage in the country.
By Tang Tian 30 April 2018 0 30643
Siemens’s ‘H-Class’ gas turbine factory in Berlin. (Siemens)

One week after Siemens announced the first order of its advanced ‘H-class’ gas turbine in China, industry insiders at a conference in Shanghai reflected on the country’s long-running and unsuccessful attempts to develop an indigenous equivalent.

Hailed in China as the “crown jewels” of the equipment manufacturing industry, heavy-duty gas turbines are dominated by GE, Mitsubishi and Siemens. Experts at the China Decision Makers Consultancy’s fifth China Gas Turbine Focus in Shanghai last Thursday and Friday were adamant China needed...