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Ulsan, South Korea to host 270-MW hydrogen-turbine demonstration project

| By Mary Bailey

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (Changwon, South Korea) signed a memorandum of understanding with Ulsan Metropolitan City, Korea East-West Power and SK Gas on pursuing a hydrogen-gas turbine demonstration project. According to the MoU, Ulsan Metropolitan City will be providing administrative support on implementing infrastructure needed for the hydrogen gas turbine business, whereas Korea East-West Power will be handling the demonstration of the hydrogen gas turbine using Korean technology, and SK Gas will be in charge of laying the foundation for hydrogen supply, while Doosan will be handling the technology development and supply of hydrogen gas turbines.

All the signatories of the recent MoU will be participating in the Ulsan Combined Cycle Power Plant’s gas turbine demonstration project, which involves converting the gas turbine at the power plant, which has been operated for more than 25 years, into a 270-MW hydrogen-gas turbine by 2027. This would be the first project of its kind in Korea.

“We plan to use these agreements as a stepping stone to develop the hydrogen gas turbine business into the next-generation growth engine,” said Yeonin Jung, COO of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction. He added, “It is all the more significant as we will be able to supply the local communities with eco-friendly energy.”

Doosan also signed an “MoU on Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050 and Promoting the Domestic Hydrogen Gas Turbine Business” with Korean Midland Power (KOMIPO). KOMIPO will be adopting Doosan’s technology for the hydrogen dual-fuel combustor, currently being pursued as a national project, and the hydrogen gas turbine, while Doosan will be working on the technology development for hydrogen gas turbines and securing of technology needed for mass production of related parts.