The plant runs on four sets of MGT 6200, the latest range of gas turbines by MAN Diesel & Turbo, and powers a car manufacturing facility operated by SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co.
Prof Jochen Heizmann, president of Volkswagen Group China, said: “The inauguration of this combined heat and power system is a landmark for our car production in China.”
“The new plant not only provides steam and electricity for our Car Plant 3 here at SAIC Volkswagen, it also means we no longer use coal boilers so CO2 emissions will be reduced by 59,308 tonnes each year.”
The plant also marks the first market entry of MAN Diesel’s latest gas turbine series in China. The company says that additional use of the waste heat for producing process steam increases the plant’s overall efficiency to more than 80 per cent. The steam is used at the production works of the Volkswagen joint venture in China.
Dr Uwe Lauber, chief executive of MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We have inaugurated a gas-fired power plant that covers almost 25 per cent of the energy needs of one of the biggest car production sites in the country, which is low in greenhouse gas emissions and utilises more than 80 per cent of the invested fuel energy.”