Alstom will provide and service one of the world’s most efficient gas-fired
combined heat and power plants in Germany
A project worth around €350 million
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France -- December 13, 2012
Regulatory News :
Alstom (Paris:ALO) has signed a contract^1 with the German utility,
RheinEnergie, for the turnkey construction of a 450 MW combined-cycle heat and
power plant (CHP) in Cologne, Germany. In addition, Alstom has also signed a
15-year service agreement for the plant. In total, RheinEnergie is investing
approximately €350 million into the project.
The new power plant is part of Germany’s energy turnaround programme, which
includes the building of highly efficient combined heat and power plants. The
Niehl 3 CHP power plant will be based on Alstom’s gas-fired KA26
combined-cycle plant design. The project includes the delivery of one GT26 gas
turbine, one steam turbine, the turbo-generator, heat recovery steam generator
and district heaters as well as power plant control systems. Commissioning of
the power plant is scheduled for 2016.
The plant will reach an overall efficiency of close to 85%, making it one of
the most effective in the world. Niehl 3 will provide electricity to the local
and European grids. The plant has the potential to supply up to one million
households with energy. By providing up to 265 MW thermal heats, enough to
heat 50,000 homes, the plant will reinforce the district heating networks of
Cologne. In addition Niehl 3 will save about 500,000 tons of CO2 per year
compared to the average emissions emitted by German heating installations with
a similar thermal heat output.
“This order confirms Alstom’s pioneering role as a manufacturer of very
reliable power plants which provide operational flexibility for their
operators. The KA26 is designed to offer utilities the flexibilityto meet
power and heat demand at the same time”, said Mark Coxon, Senior Vice
President of Alstom’s gas business.
“The Niehl3 gas and steam power plant is a key element for energy turnaround.
State-of-the-art local power plants, ideally ones that generate both
electricity and heat from climate-friendly natural gas, will contribute to CO2
reduction and form the backbone of supply security in Germany for the coming
decades. With the Niehl3 power plant, our generation portfolio in the
conventional sector will be upgraded on a long-term basis with cutting-edge
technology and flexibility”, said Dr Dieter Steinkamp, CEO of RheinEnergie.
Alstom technology powers close to 10 GW-worth of gas-fired power plants in
Germany. Nearly half this capacity has been built as combined heat and power
plants including the recently constructed 876 MW Emsland power plant for RWE
and the 385 MW Berlin Mitte power plant for Vattenfall which, at the time of
initial operation in 1997, was already one of the most modern and efficient
CHP plants in the world.
Gas-fired power plants support grid stability with fast start-up times and
high efficiencies even at low load. Alstom’s KA26 combined cycle power plant
achieves efficiencies of over 60 % and can be started up in less than 30
minutes. Fully synchronised with the grid, the plant can reliably feed 350 MW
into the grid from low-load operation in less than 15 minutes. Close to 70
gas-fired power plants based on the KA24/KA26 technology are in operation or
under construction worldwide.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission
and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and
environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the
highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated
power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy
sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide
range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The
Group employs 92,600 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20
billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.
In Germany, Alstom has a workforce of 9,000 people who are working on 23 sites
in power generation, energy transmission and rail infrastructure.
^1 The contract will be executed in two phases. The first is effective
immediately and covers the preparation and support of RheinEnergie’s
construction permit planning process. The second phase will be effective after
the full notice to proceed, expected in the third or fourth quarter of
Alstom’s fiscal year 2013/14.
Emmanuelle Châtelain, Isabelle Tourancheau
Tel +33 1 41 37 38 /39 95
Sapna Lalwani (Alstom Thermal Power)
Tel +41 79 486 3798
Tanja Kampa (Alstom Deutschland)
Tel: +49 621 329 2070
Delphine Brault – Tel +33 1 41 49 26 42
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