Drax, the UK’s largest power plant, has ordered a new steam turbine from Siemens Energy Service Fossil in Newcastle, England.

The multi-million pound order is for the supply and installation of three intermediate pressure (IP) steam turbine modules at the coal power generation plant. The new modules will contribute to Drax’s efficiency improvement program.
Drax power plant
The new contract was awarded following the hugely successful completion of the £100m turbine upgrade project which, over a period of five years, saw the replacement of the high pressure and low pressure turbine modules of all six generating units at Drax Power Station. The turbine modernization project has increased the overall efficiency of the power station to almost 40 percent and reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by one million tons a year.

This new project will be delivered by joint teams from Siemens in the UK and Germany. Siemens steam turbine engineering team in Newcastle is undertaking the design and draughting elements of the project.

The first module is scheduled to be installed in 2014 with project completion expected in 2015.

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