7 April 2010 – GE is to ship two Frame 6B gas turbines for one of the largest cogeneration facilities in Portugal – Galp Energia’s Matosinhos cogeneration plant near Porto.
Replacing older, oil-fired technology at the site, the gas turbines will increase the plant’s efficiency and reduce its environmental impact in line with the Portuguese government’s regulation to promote efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The turbines are expected to provide all of the steam requirements for the nearby Galp Energia’s Matosinhos refinery and also will enable Galp Energia to produce electricity and sell it to Portugal’s national grid.
The Matosinhos cogeneration turnkey project is being developed by the consortium Ensulmeci-Efacec Cogeraçao do Porto, ACE, formed by two of Portugal’s major engineering, procurement and construction companies.
The new gas turbines are the third and fourth GE 6B gas turbines selected to modernize power and steam production for its refineries in Portugal, says the company. The first two 6B machines recently entered commercial operation at a cogeneration plant that supports the Sines petrochemical industrial park. Both the Sines and Matosinhos cogeneration plants have power capacities of 80 MW.
GE‘s scope of supply for the Matosinhos project also includes gas turbine auxiliary equipment and technical advisory and training services, during construction and commissioning. A contractual service agreement also has been signed, providing for ongoing maintenance of the turbines.
‘The modernization of our refineries with GE Frame 6B gas turbines supports the growing interest in Portugal to implement cogeneration as a more efficient, cleaner way to produce electricity and meet our process steam needs,’ said Ricardo Manzoni of Galp Energia. ‘The use of 6B technology at the Matosinhos plant will enable us to avoid emissions of over 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.’