GE Energy has signed contracts totaling more than $120 million with five Russian power companies as part of a country-wide effort to increase the efficiency of the CHP district heating infrastructure in the region.

Under the scope of the projects, GE Energy will provide six LM6000 packages, two each to ZAO Energokaskad for use at OAO TGK-4’s Voronezj plant; to ZAO Energokaskad for use at OAO SGK TGK-8’s Astrakhan GRES plant and to E4 Group for use at TGK-4’s Kursk North-West Boiler House plant respectively.

In addition, two LM2500+G4 packages will be delivered, one each to the Center of Scientific and Technical Innovations of Power (CSTIP) for use at TGK-4’s Kaluga TEC plant; and one to CSTIP for use at TGK-4’s Livny TEC-2 steam power plant.

ZAO Energokaskad is the EPC contractor building the Voronezj and Astrakhan plants for TGK-4 and TGK-8, respectively. Both cogeneration plants are aiming to increase the efficiency of their existing district heating stations and improve capacity.

Currently, the Voronezj plant operates gas-fired boilers with steam turbines. The two LM6000-PD SPRINT units will be added to the heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) to give the plant additional power while the two 48 MWe LM6000-PF units dedicated to the Astrakhan plant expansion will also provide local power and heat.
Equipment for these two projects will delivered to the Voronezj site in October 2008 and to the Astrakhan site in January 2009.

The E4 Group and CSTIP, both located in Moscow, are expanding TGK-4’s Kursk North-West Boiler House plant, as well as the Kaluga TEC and Livny TEC-2 plants, respectively. These projects are part of TGK-4’s strategy to replace old and inefficient steam stations with gas turbine technology.

The addition of an LM6000-PD aeroderivative gas turbine at the Kursk North-West Boiler House will significantly increase power production. The station currently has five gas-fired boilers with steam turbines. TGK has decided to add a combined-cycle plant to increase the efficiency and power output of its existing district heating station. The power produced will be sold to the grid. The equipment is expected to be delivered by the end of 2008.

CSTIP will be modernizing TGK-4’s Kaluga TEC and Livny TEC-2 power plants. Each plant will add an LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine.

In both cases, TGK-4 needs to increase efficiency of the existing district heating stations and add 20 – 40 MWe. Each site currently has two gas-fired boilers with steam turbines and will add one gas turbine. GE Energy is providing the gas turbine packages plus heat exchangers for the totally enclosed water to air cooled system. The Kaluga TEC equipment is expected to ship in June 2008 and the Livny equipment is scheduled to ship in August 2008.

‘Russia’s energy demand is expected to grow at one percent per year, creating a focus in the region to reduce energy intensity by retrofitting existing facilities. In response, many power companies in Russia are seeking ways to increase efficiency and reliability of their district heating stations,’ said Charles Blankenship, general manager of GE Energy’s aeroderivative business.

In related news GE has signed a distributor and service agreement with Max Motors, LLC. to promote its Jenbacher gas engines in Russia. The agreement is focusing primarily on southern and southwestern Russia as the country expands its use of distributed energy technology.

Max Motors is based in Sochi and previously worked with GE to provide a Jenbacher cogeneration system for a commercial greenhouse in the Russian region of Krasnodar. GE is supplying gas engines totalling 5 MW of power that will operate in island mode to provide lighting and heat for the facility, which specializes in the production of roses. The new system is to be commissioned by the end of 2008.

‘Our new distribution agreement with Max Motors will bolster our ability to meet the growing demand for decentralized energy and district heating technology in Russia, particularly in various industrial sectors,’ said Prady Iyyanki, CEO of GE’s Jenbacher gas engine business.