Russia and China to cooperate on the development of industrial gas-turbine units

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As part of the Fourth China-Russia Expo, on June 16, United Engine Corporation (UEC, a company of Rostec) and Harbin Turbine Company (HTC), a Chinese state-owned company, concluded a strategic partnership agreement on the development, manufacturing and delivery of small and medium-sized industrial gas-turbine units.

Before 2014, Russia used a Ukrainian Zorya-Mashproyekt gas-turbine propulsion plants. The 2014 Ukraine conflict slammed the door on co-operation between Moscow and Kyiv over critical propulsion system components, especially marine gas turbine engines.

The new agreement with China provides for cooperation between UEC and HTC aimed at launching licensed production of 16 MW gas turbine power units in China on the basis of Russian GTU-16 gas turbines and joint development of 40 MW gas turbine units for mechanical and electric drive applications.

The agreement was signed by Alexander Karaoglanov, Sales Director and Head of the Sales Department of the Energy and Industrial Programs Division of JSC UEC, and by Yao Hongwei, President of HTC. The agreement was initialed in the presence of representatives of the government of the Heilongjiang Province of China.

“We believe that cooperation between UEC and a major Chinese manufacturer such as HTC will enable us to achieve impressive results on the Chinese market,” commented Alexander Karaoglanov.

UEC is currently expanding its cooperation with Chinese partners both in the supply of power generation equipment manufactured by UEC to the Chinese market and in joint development of advanced industrial gas turbine equipment. In addition, the company is working with Chinese manufacturers of compressor equipment, generators and metal structures to enable the use of Chinese products in UEC’s projects in Russia and in other countries.

The Fourth China-Russia Expo is held in Harbin (China) from June 15 through June 19, 2017.

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