A new unit was recently inaugurated at Fortum
’s Tyumen CHP-1, a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the city of Tyumen in Western Siberia, which plays a key role in supporting Russia's oil and gas industry.
The new unit is the first of seven units in the Finnish utility’s extensive investment programme in Russia. The unit will begin commercial operation during the first half of next year.
The new unit is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant, and has a production capacity of 230 MW of electricity and 293 MW of heat.
The unit will boost the Tyumen CHP-1’s total electricity production capacity to 662 MW and its heat production capacity to 1640 MW.
As part of the Russian investment programme, two more units, each with an electricity production capacity of 225 MW, will be constructed at the Tyumen CHP-1 plant. They are estimated to be completed in 2014.
The energy efficiency of the new unit is over 85%, compared to the 60% efficiency of the existing units.
Furthermore, it has been estimated that the carbon dioxide emissions in the Tyumen area, which is the centre of Russia’s gas and oil production and the wealthiest region after Moscow, will reduce by 400 000 tonnes annually.
”It will add new production capacity needed by West Siberia’s gas and oil industry and will help us improve the efficiency of our energy production in Tyumen,” says Fortum’s president and CEO Tapio Kuula.
”We will continue to build new capacity in the Ural and West Siberia regions through our extensive investment programme. Russia is an important home market for Fortum, and we want to participate in the development of the power and heat markets together with our Russian partners,” he added.
Upgrading the district heat networks and improving the efficiency of heat distribution is also a key component in improving energy efficiency in Russia.
In conjunction with the inauguration of the new unit, the first equipment measuring the district heat feed and consumption was installed in Tyumen between the trunk network owned by OAO Fortum and the city’s distribution network.
Utilizing GPRS-data transfer, it is the first digitalized heat measurement system in Russia.
During 2011, there will be 159 similar units installed in the city. These units will enable Fortum to pinpoint heat distribution problem spots and thus reduce heat losses.