Repower has signed contracts with GE and Iberdrola, through its engineering subsidiary, for the turnkey installation of the new Chempark Leverkusen (Germany) combined cycle plant, including a high efficiency GE 9HA gas turbine and long-term services. Their aim is to reduce CO2 emissions and bet on energy efficiency.
The main purpose of this CCG power plant, which will also generate electricity and steam for the chemical companies in the Chempark complex, is its use as a cogeneration plant, thus contributing to the achievement of Germany’s goal to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency.
In that area of Germany, dozens of chemical companies are working in production, research and services, often collaborating to create synergies and foster innovation. From now on, a new partnership will help them in this task.
“Despite our complex business model, GE and Iberdrola understood perfectly the needs of Repower to build a cogeneration plant that is highly efficient, flexible, reliable, and contributes to achieving the objectives of reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency, “said Dr. Daniel Fritsche, project director Repower and chairman of Repower GuD Leverkusen GmbH. “Their proposal to work as one team and their perfectly tailored solution is fully aligned to our business plan and the necessary income generation,” he added.
Currently Repower continues to develop the project planning and conducting discussions with the aim of incorporating new players to the team. The company expects that during 2015, when the last efforts culminate (partnership agreement, details of the support mechanisms and the definition of a stable regulatory framework), it will be possible to make the final decision on the construction of the project.
GE will supply the plant its 9HA gas turbine, the world’s most efficient, with over 61% efficiency in combined cycle and long-term maintenance services for the gas and steam turbines. Iberdrola will be responsible for installation, engineering and construction of the turnkey project. Repower chose GE and Iberdrola Engineering as preferred suppliers in spring 2014.
“After a150 years history, Iberdrola Engineering knows the value of working with partners who value our experience, communication skills and close cooperation with the customer,” said Eduardo Elorriaga, project manager Iberdrola Engineering. “We are very pleased to have worked with our partner GE towards the common goal of helping to reduce emissions and increasing efficiency of this Repower project.”
An efficiency exceeding 80%
The Chempark Leverkusen plant is expected to deliver an overall fuel efficiency exceeding 80% and a vapor extraction capacity of over 300 tons per hour, which would allow efficiently and profitably supply steam for process to the area businesses. The plant will have a net capacity of 570 MW and will generate enough electricity to supply 600,000 German households.
“In the European Union transition towards a low-carbon future, GE’s HA technology will contribute to energy companies achieve an affordable and reliable energy supply in a balanced manner, with more stringent environmental standards,” said Oliver Klitzke, COO of GE Energy Germany. “Changes are happening. GE advances in combined cycle efficiency, plant configuration and validation capabilities allow utilities to meet their customers’ needs at lower costs, lower emissions and greater operational flexibility. “