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Mitsubishi Power Ships JAC Gas Turbine To Brazil


Marlim Azul Project Will Be the Most Fuel-efficient Gas
Turbine Power Plant in South America

Global
Resources Used to Deliver Tailored Solution for Energy
Transition

Florida, USA, June 18, 2021 – (JCN
Newswire) – Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. has shipped an
M501JAC gas turbine to Marlim Azul Energia’s power plant in
Macae, Rio de Janeiro, which will become the most
fuel-efficient power plant in South America when it begins
operation in January 2023. The plant was the winning project
at Brazil’s gas-based energy auctions and will be the first
in Brazil to use associated gas from Brazil’s Pre-Salt
basin.

Mitsubishi
Power’s Savannah Machinery Works in Savannah, Georgia,
shipped Brazil’s first M501JAC gas turbine to Marlim Azul
Energia’s power plant in Macae, Rio de Janeiro. The plant
will convert domestic pre-salt gas into electricity and
become the most fuel-efficient and affordable gas turbine
power plant in South America when it enters operation.
(Credit: Mitsubishi Power)

The
M501JAC is the world’s leading gas turbine with an
efficiency greater than 64%, reliability of 99.6%, and the
lowest carbon emissions per unit of power when used in
combined cycle. The gas turbine’s exceptional operational
flexibility will enable Marlim Azul to complement
intermittent wind and solar power generation and to
efficiently convert domestic pre-salt gas into electricity
with attractive prices for consumers.

This gas turbine
is capable of using up to 30% hydrogen fuel and can be
upgraded to use 100% hydrogen fuel to meet the plant’s
future decarbonization needs.

A Mitsubishi Power,
Shell, and Patria Investments joint venture is investing BRL
2.5 billion (approximately USD 600 million) to construct the
plant. Shell Brasil Petroleo Ltda. will supply natural gas
from Brazil’s offshore deep-water pre-salt
basin.

Bruno Chevalier, CEO of Marlim Azul Energia,
said, “Our goal is to make energy generation from Brazilian
pre-salt gas a reality. Mitsubishi Power’s tailored solution
for a 565 megawatt plant will enable us to lead the energy
transition in South America. The JAC gas turbine is a
reliable investment that will enable further decarbonization
in our region.”

In addition to the gas turbine,
Mitsubishi Power’s solution includes TOMONI intelligent
solutions to optimize power plant performance, flexibility,
and reliability. It also includes a 25-year long-term
service agreement providing all parts, repairs, and services
as well as 24-hour support from the Service Engineering Team
and remote monitoring services to help optimize performance
by detecting anomalies and diagnosing plant
performance.

Demonstrating the strength of its global
supply chain operation, Mitsubishi Power shipped the M501JAC
unit, which was designed in Japan and manufactured in the
United States, on schedule to South America while keeping
safety and quality at the forefront during a global
pandemic. Mitsubishi Power’s 430,000 square foot Savannah
Machinery Works in Georgia has maintained its 100% on-time
delivery record throughout the pandemic. The Marlim Azul
unit is the fourth JAC to ship from Savannah. Globally,
Mitsubishi Power has booked 41 JAC gas turbine orders and
Marlim Azul is the 12th JAC shipment.

Paul Browning,
President and CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas, said, “Our
JAC power island for Marlim Azul aligns with our mission to
provide power generation and storage solutions to our
customers, empowering them to affordably and reliably combat
climate change and advance human prosperity. The project
will increase Brazil’s energy stability by using pre-salt
natural gas.

The gas turbine, like all our gas
turbines, shipped hydrogen-ready for future deep
decarbonization. We are committed to a long-term global
effort to help our partners Shell and Patria achieve these
ambitious goals. Together, we are creating a Change in
Power.”

About Mitsubishi Power Americas,
Inc.

Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. (Mitsubishi
Power) headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, employs more
than 2,200 power generation, energy storage, and digital
solutions experts and professionals. Our employees are
focused on empowering customers to affordably and reliably
combat climate change while also advancing human prosperity
throughout North, Central, and South America. Mitsubishi
Power’s power generation solutions include gas, steam, and
aero-derivative turbines; power trains and power islands;
geothermal systems; PV solar project development;
environmental controls; and services. Energy storage
solutions include green hydrogen, battery energy storage
systems, and services. Mitsubishi Power also offers
intelligent solutions that use artificial intelligence to
enable autonomous operation of power plants. Mitsubishi
Power, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries, Ltd. (MHI). Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, MHI
is one of the world’s leading heavy machinery manufacturers
with engineering and manufacturing businesses spanning
energy, infrastructure, transport, aerospace, and
defense.

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