Wartsila to build two gas-fueled CHP plants in Russia


Wärtsilä has announced it will supply two gas-fueled combined heat and power plants to the Chelyabinsk region in Russia as part of a local modernization program. (Image Courtesy of Wartsila: Artist’s rendering of the planned Kasli CHP plant)

Wärtsilä has announced it will supply two gas-fueled combined heat and power plants to the Chelyabinsk region in Russia as part of a local modernization program.

With this order, Wärtsilä strengthens its position in Russia as a major supplier of combined heat and power plants. Wärtsilä’s modular combined heat and power plant solution is ideally suited to filling the needs of local administration programs to modernize district heating systems in many parts of Russia. Outstanding operational flexibility, environmental performance, high energy efficiency, transparent operating costs, as well as short delivery and construction times make Wärtsilä’s power plant solutions highly competitive.

Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, has been contracted to supply two combined heat and power (CHP) plants to Russia’s Chelyabinsk oblast, in the South Urals region. The power plants are a part of the local administration’s program to upgrade the district heating system by replacing outdated boiler plants with modern power generation technology.

The two power plants are built for Perspektiva LLC, a private investment company, and will be located in the towns of Kasli and Karabash. Both power plants will have an output of 20 MW and will be powered by Wärtsilä 34SG engines operating on natural gas. Along with emergency boilers, the power plants will be the sole suppliers of heat to the towns they serve, each comprising approximately 17 thousand inhabitants. Electricity will be fed to the grid. The deliveries are scheduled to be completed by June 2014, and the two plants are planned to be operational in the autumn of 2014 in time for the winter heating season.

The local administration’s program to upgrade and renew the district heating system is high on its agenda due to the positive impact for the local communities. Replacement of the old boilers by cogeneration plants will significantly improve the fuel utilization rate by producing extra power, and will thus improve both the economic and environmental performance of the combined system. Proven technology and a reliable supplier were important requirements imposed by the local authorities.

“We were looking for a solution that would ensure a reliable heat supply during the extremely long and cold winters in this region. We believe that Wärtsilä’s proven technology will provide the outstanding reliability and high efficiency that is needed,” says Andrey Ryabenko, Director of Perspektiva LLC.

“The existing district heating systems are being modernized in many parts of Russia, and the Wärtsilä technology is ideally suited to filling this need. The short delivery and construction time, made possible by the modular design, along with the high electrical efficiency and transparent operating costs have made our concept very attractive for private investors. The availability of Wärtsilä’s own service network in Russia and our successful references in the region were also key factors in the award of this contract,” says Alf Doktar, Regional Director, Europe East, Wärtsilä Power Plants.

The comprehensive scope of supply includes the generating sets and all mechanical and electrical systems, including heat recovery. In Kasli, the equipment will be installed in a separate building that is also part of the supply, while in Karabash, the equipment will be fitted into an existing boiler house. The plants have been engineered to accommodate a high degree of modularity, which will enable repetitive use of the solution in similar projects throughout the country.

Wärtsilä has delivered more than 50 power plants to Russia. Earlier this year, Wärtsilä received an order for a 110 MW power plant in the town of Tikhvin, near St. Petersburg, which will be the largest combustion engine power plant in Russia. This installation, along with the two new power plant orders, represents the new concept of flexible power generation known as Smart Power Generation.

Wärtsilä has been present in Russia for over 30 years. During that time the company has developed a strong position in the country by providing a broad range of technically advanced solutions, products and services. Currently, Wärtsilä employs more than 130 people in Russia in four locations, St Petersburg, Moscow, Vladivostok and Murmansk.

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