40-year-old CHP plant to be upgraded

A German combined heat and power plant is to be upgraded with new power and automation technologies.

Vattenfall’s 40-year-old Lichterfelde CHP plant in Berlin is to be rebuilt by Iberdrola Engineering and Construction, which has engaged ABB to provide a turnkey power and automation solution.

The scope of the contract includes an integrated control system, step-up transformers, generator circuit breakers, power protection equipment, switchgear and auxiliaries, as well as electrical balance of plant and mechanical systems.

The new natural gas-fueled plant will produce 230 MW of heat and around 300 MW of electricity, supplying around 100,000 homes in Lichterfelde.

The upgrade will target a fuel efficiency of up to 85%, and will aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 100,000 tonnes per year compared to the old plant, ABB said.

The new plant is scheduled to come online in 2016.

Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Power Generation business, said, ‘We are pleased to support Germany’s efforts to meet its electricity needs while minimising the environmental impact.’

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