UK-based Centrax has won significant new orders for gas turbine powered generating sets from customers in France. All the generator sets meet France’s 2010 Grid Code requirements, which embrace energy industry best-practice standards to promote optimum reliability and availability.
 
Three of the four Centrax CX501-KB7 packages ordered are direct replacements for earlier KB7 units, while the fourth is for a new customer.
 
Two of the new Centrax packages are for the operator SEMHACH and will equip district heating schemes in the southern Paris suburbs of Chevilly-Larue and l’Hayles-Roses, where they replace older Centrax units.
 
The new packages each generate 5.5 MW of electricity plus heat to supply the local community and businesses with power and hot water.
 
They supplement a geothermal facility that draws water at around 74°C from 1800 metres below ground, from which heat is recovered through heat exchangers.  
 
The third replacement Centrax package will equip a district heating scheme in the northern Paris suburb of Gennevilliers operated by COFELY. This site is next to a school, requiring a strict low-noise specification.
 
The new Centrax customer is the Vaulx-en-Velin power station in the north-east suburbs of Lyon, also operated by COFELY.
 
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