An association of four German utilities has selected GE to build a 440 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant located near Bremen, Germany.
Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Bremen, which includes German utilities SWB, Deutsche Bahn Energie, TOBI and Mainova, was recently formed to build and operate the 440 MW gas fired Mittelsbüren plant.
GE and its consortium partner, Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A., have signed equipment and service contracts totaling more than EUR300($426m) for the project, which is designed to help Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Bremen respond to the challenges of the German electricity grid, as more wind enters the country’s energy mix.
“We evaluated all options and concluded that in our heavily renewable-penetrated grid, GE’s 109FB combined-cycle plant was the clear choice due to its overall economics,” said Matthias Schaup, head of the project department for SWB Erzeugung. “The new plant will be designed to help ensure a reliable power supply at high efficiency.” SWB initiated the project in 2009 and is in charge of the project management.
The new power plant is due to enter service in 2013, including 165 MW to meet the power requirements of Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway operator. The project includes the supply of a 9FB gas turbine, 109A-17 steam turbine, 450H generator, heat recovery steam generator, Mark VIe distributed control system, customer training and plant commissioning.
GE’s consortium partner, Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A., will be responsible for balance-of-plant, civil works and erection.
The Mittelsbüren plant will be equipped with GE’s DLN 2.6+ combustion system, which will help to maintain NOx and CO emissions performance down to less than 40 per cent load while increasing availability by improving combustion system inspection intervals.
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