Siemens wins contract to refurbish Poolbeg CCGT power station in Ireland

Source: Siemens

ESB, Ireland’s leading electricity utility, has awarded Siemens a contract to carry out refurbishment of the Dublin based Poolbeg Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Station. Siemens designed and built the Poolbeg plant in the 1990s and since then has supported ESB with its maintenance. Under this new contract, Siemens will refurbish the plant so that it can continue to provide Ireland with an efficient, flexible and secure source of electricity supply. 

The refurbishment project will involve a strip down and rebuild of the two gas turbines and the associated steam turbine, and the introduction of emission-reducing technology to a second gas turbine (one of the gas turbines has already been fitted with low NOx (nitrogen oxide) emission-reducing technology). The generators will also undergo refurbishment. This work will improve the output and efficiency of the Poolbeg plant and further enhance its environmental performance. 

Brian Dolan, ESB Overhaul Program manager, commented: “Siemens’ technical and resource capabilities, commitment to safety and understanding of our outage and performance issues, allied to their delivery track record for ESB, were key considerations in the contract award. We look forward to working with the Siemens team again.” 

Commenting on the contract win, Gary O'Callaghan, head of Siemens Energy in Ireland said: “We are delighted to be working with ESB on its latest refurbishment programme. The requirements of this project play to the core strengths of the Siemens team, namely technical and operational excellence, a customer-first ethos and world class capability in project management of complex large-scale projects. This year we won a major award as outage contractor for our performance on the UK’s largest turbine modernisation project. This project with ESB is on a similar scale and importance for Ireland and we are confident that we can achieve the schedule and performance targets set for the contract. ” 

Siemens Service Team will begin its work on the Poolbeg site, situated on the south bank of Dublin Port in 2011. The project represents over 86,000 hours of work and will be delivered by specialists from the Siemens’ global field service network and local Irish staff.

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