The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, GE Energy and energy development company ContourGlobal have opened a new cogeneration plant at Coca-Cola Hellenic’s bottling facility in Ploiesti near Bucharest, Romania. The natural gas-fuelled cogeneration plant represents the first of a planned group of 15 CHP plants that will be installed at Coca-Cola Hellenic’s facilities in 12 European countries.

Under the first phase of the Coca Cola Hellenic CHP initiative, GE Energy is supplying ContourGlobal, the project developer, with 19 Jenbacher gas engines – representing a total output of 58 MWe. The first two of GE’s Jenbacher cogeneration modules were installed at Coca Cola Hellenic’s Romania bottling facility while the other units will be installed at Coca Cola facilities in six other European countries: Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Greece, United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) and Italy.

Subsequent project phases call for additional CHP plants to be installed at bottling facilities in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Serbia as well as in the African nation of Nigeria.

Each of the bottling plants utilizing GE Energy’s Jenbacher CHP engines will be able to eliminate up to 40% of their annual carbon dioxide emissions, says GE, which demonstrates the commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the bottling operations while also reducing operational costs by generating their own on-site power.

The new Romania cogeneration plant is powered by two of GE’s 3-MW J620 Jenbacher gas engines, providing the factory with reliable source of on-site power while helping support of the EU’s emissions reduction goals. The gas engines will be delivered throughout 2009 and 2010, with commissioning scheduled as the plants are ready. The equipment is being built at GE’s gas engine manufacturing centre in Jenbach, Austria.