Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor Energyco for the supply of four gensets to a cogeneration plant in Kosice, Slovakia.
Based on the medium speed gas engine B35:40V20AG2, the plant will generate a total of 37 MW heat and power for the district heating company Teplaren Kosice. The contract will also include a service agreement for 5 years. The engines are produced at Bergen Engines AS, part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
“We have been working closely with Rolls-Royce for this project for more than a year. One of the critical parameters required by TEKO was 3 minutes start to full load to comply with Slovakian grid support service. This was new for us and we appreciate that Bergen Engines could commit to these requirements,” said Lubomir Fejko, Energyco Project & Site Manager.
The medium speed engines from Rolls-Royce are flexibly designed for different operating modes, and can be used to generate base-load, peak power or operate in combined cycle.
Already three minutes from start, the engines can operate with 100 per cent load to the rated speed of 750 rpm, and are in this aspect well suited to balance changes in the grid parameters. Furthermore, by utilizing hot water from the engines, the plant will be used for district heating for the region. Heat from the engines can also be used to generate steam in the heat recovery steam generators, to supply industrial customers.
“Cogeneration plants based on our medium speed gas engines are a reliable alternative to coal-based plants and significantly more environmentally friendly. In addition, the engines’ flexibility will enable Teplaren Kosice to operate efficiently, both in terms of cost and time”, said Jeff Elliott, Managing Director of Bergen Engines.
This will be Rolls-Royces first delivery of medium speed reciprocating engines to Slovakia, complimenting the installed base of 96 MWe in central Europe. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned early 2019.