Romanian heat network modernisation continues with new gas engine project

Bucharest continues to develop its programme of modernising district heat networks in Romania with the launch of a GE-led municipal gas district heat system in Brasov

What is Romania’s largest municipal gas engine district heating investment entails four CHP plants, comprising 11 Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines, producing 42 MW of Power and 38 MW of Heat.

Romania recently introduced an energy efficiency law along with other financial incentives for cogeneration driving the country to adopt more energy efficiency practices.
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Energy services company Bepco showcased the success of the four high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plants at the heart of the heating system.

Simina Costan, managing partner, Bepco said, “With the previous heat production and distribution company in Brasov facing financial trouble, we were able to step in with our gas engine solution from GE that allowed us to implement enhanced heating system efficiency for our customers and support Romania’s energy efficiency goals.”

Bepco’s CHP plants are part of Romania’s campaign to modernize older, less-efficient municipal and industrial district heating systems to reduce emissions related to energy production. GE’s gas engines are offering Bepco high-efficiency cogeneration featuring more than 84 percent total efficiency and a very high power-to-heat ratio.

“With the majority of heat production facilities in Romania’s cities currently obsolete and running with low efficiency, our higher-efficiency cogeneration gas engines offer great potential for operators seeking to modernize their district heating systems throughout the country,” said Karl Wetzlmayer, general manager—reciprocating engines for GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business.

An additional advantage of a multiple gas engine power plant is the high plant part-load efficiency and availability. Starting from high simple-cycle gas engine efficiency, the efficiency stays high in part-load operation due to incremental engine shutdown. Meanwhile, the growth of renewable power installations and the intermittency of solar and wind power require more operating flexibility from the conventional power generation portfolio when compared to natural gas systems.

By installing the technology instead of separate electrical and thermal power generation equipment, operators receive primary energy savings of roughly 40 per cent through reduced fossil fuel consumption.

GE is also supplying six of its Type 6 Jenbacher gas engines to developer S.C. VEST-ENERGO S.A. for a 20-MW cogeneration plant to help upgrade district heating facilities in Bucharest.



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