First start for gas engines at new German CHP plant

A new combined heat and power plant in Germany built by Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden (KMW) and supplied by Wärtsilä has successfully achieved its first start.

The first run of the gas-fuelled Wärtsilä 34SG engines marks a milestone and is a step towards the start of operations later this year.

The new plant means that municipal energy producer KMW will be able to provide 100 MW of electrical power and up to 96 MW of district heating to around 40,000 households of the city of Mainz.

“This first run of the engines is a very special moment, raising the anticipation for theà‚ start of operations,” said Dr Lars Eigenmann, KMW chief executive.

Wärtsilä’s scope for the plant covers engineering, procurement and construction as well as a 15-year asset performance agreement that guarantees the starting availability and reliability of the plant.

“This start of the engines brings us one step closer to the completion of thisà‚ state-of-the-art power plant, saidà‚ Melle Kruisdijk, vice-president of Wärtsilä Energy Business in Europe.à‚ “We are proud to deliver a power plant to KMW which will support Germany’s ambitious energy transition towards a renewable energy future. The planned coal-exit and the increasing share of renewables in the power system mean that there will be an even greater need for flexible and efficient capacity.”

Developments in CHP plants will be a key focus of POWERGEN Europe in Paris later this year. Click here for details of the event.

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