The share of the gas turbine combined cycle plants tends to increase rapidly in the world of power generation. Under the circumstances, MHI is developing the several kinds of gas turbine to meet each customer’s needs.
The ‘F’ series’ engine, which has a firing temperature of 1350–1400 degree C, is predominant in the current market, and the reliability improvement is constantly performed. As a result, the operational hours of 50,000, and the combined cycle efficiency of 55–57% (LHV) is achieved for F-series combined cycle.
During the operating experience, any events occurred in field operation is solved. Also, countermeasure was implemented on every machine. Furthermore, robust design improvement is introduced, and commercial operation of the design achieved higher reliability and availability.
In this paper, the operating experiences, design improvements and the F series gas turbine uprating program are introduced.