TGK-16, an independent heat and electricity producer owned by Tatar-American Investment and Finance (TAIF) has placed an order with GE for a combined heat and power system based on its air-cooled 9HA.01 gas turbine (pictured). The plant is to be installed in Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, in Russia.

The region faces a significant energy deficit of approximately 700 MW and must import power from neighbouring states. Modernizing the CHP plant will reduce the power shortage, created in part by increased power consumption from Kazan’s large number of petrochemical industries and refineries.

Under the terms of the turnkey contract, GE will partner with GAMA Power Systems on engineering and construction of the plant in a development that will replace existing gas-fired boilers and increase power production from 420 MWe to 808 MWe. The upgrade will also improve the total plant efficiency to approximately 80%, GE says.

Ruslan Gizzatullin, deputy CEO for Energy and IT at TAIF OJSC, said: ‘Updating the Kazan CHP-3 plant will enhance the power supply reliability of the Kazan power district. The Kazan CHP-3 modernisation 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.