Milanese district energy scheme to be provided by GE

GE (NYSE: GE)has announced that it will provide an LM6000-PF Sprint aeroderivative gas turbine and related services to Enipower S.p.A. (Eni) for its Bolgiano district heating plant in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy.

The Bolgiano cogeneration plant (CHP) produces thermal energy both for district heating and cooling for Eni headquarters, municipal buildings and residential users.

The Bolgiano CHP currently produces more than 267,000 MW hours of thermal energy per year using four GE gas turbines. The network extends for about 56 kilometers and is providing heat and hot water for 20,000 Italian families.

Due to the IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) prescriptions and the age of the plant, Eni is taking the opportunity to upgrade the CHP by installing a new aeroderivative gas turbine and other new equipment to increase plant flexibility and efficiency.

Energy savings for the new Bolgiano district heating plant are estimated at 181,000 MW hours of thermal energy per year, equal to approximately 15,600 TOE (tonne of oil equivalent) per year. When completed, the plant anticipates an 84 percent reduction of NOx emissions and a 20 percent reduction of CO2 emissions.

“Growth in district heating applications is an increasing part of the larger, global mega-trend story around distributed power, or what we like to call ‘growth on decentralized power.’ In a changing world with diverse power needs, GE’s portfolio of innovative distributed power solutions, ranging from 100 kilowatts to 100 MWs, gives businesses and communities around the world the ability to generate reliable, flexible and efficient power anywhere, whether on or off the grid,” said Diarmaid Mulholland, president and regional CEO Western Europe, GE Energy.

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