Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, Russia, is to modernise its CHP-3 plant, replacing existing gas-fired boilers with a gas-turbine-based system and increasing the facility’s electrical production from 420 MW to 808 MW.

TGK-16, an independent heat and electricity producer owned by Tatar-American Investment and Finance (TAIF) ordered a system based on GE’s 9HA.01 gas turbine which will be installed at a combined heat and power plant in Kazan.

The air-cooled HA turbine (pictured) will also supply heat for continuous petrochemical production at a total plant thermal efficiency of approximately 80% and will use 30% less fuel, GE says. It will provide the turnkey plant with GAMA Power Systems engineering and construction partner.

Ruslan Gizzatullin, deputy CEO for Energy and IT at TAIF OJSC, said: ‘The Kazan CHP-3 modernization project reflects our strategy to improve reliability and energy efficiency of heat and electric power generation, while securing energy independence.’

Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.