German CHP plant to use ABB control system

A new combined heat and power plant being developed in Germany will use ABB power and automation after the company secured a turnkey contract from Iberdrola Engineering and Construction.

Located in Lichterfelde, a suburb of Berlin, the plant will be fuelled by natural gas with a rated capacity of 230 MWth and around 300 MWe.

The new facility is owned and will be operated by Vattenfall. It will replace an existing CHP plant that was built more than 40 years ago on the same site. The new plant will target a fuel efficiency of up to 85% and aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year, compared with the old plant.

Under the terms of the deal, ABB will supply a fully integrated control, electrical, instrumentation and mechanical solution that will enable the plant to respond rapidly to changes in demand from the local power distribution and district heating networks. ABB will also supply the electrical balance of plant and mechanical systems such as the pressure reduction station, gas compressor, fire protection and the compressed air system. The scope includes design, engineering, installation, system integration and commissioning.

Production at the new facility is scheduled to start in 2016.

The German government has set a target to increase the amount of power generated by CHP plants in the country’s energy mix from 13% to 25% by 2020 as part of its Integrated Energy and Climate Change Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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