E.ON UK signs LNG deal for $1bn CHP project

E.ON UK has signed a deal with National Grid’s Grain liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that will turn its £500m ($1bn) 1275 MW power station into one of the world’s largest combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

The new Grain power station will be built under a turnkey contract by Alstom, and powered by three high efficiency Alstom GT26 gas turbines. E.ON will export up to 340 MW of ‘waste’ heat to National Grid’s nearby LNG terminal.

The CHP scheme, believed to be the first of its kind, will result in a reduction of up to 350 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the LNG terminal every year. An additional environmental benefit of the scheme will also be a reduction in the amount of heat discharged to the nearby Medway river in the county of Kent.

By doing this, E.ON UK will become the first utility company to successfully build major new generation with CHP, in line with the UK government’s recently revised consent guidelines.

Work will start at Grain in May this year, with commissioning expected late 2009.

Siemens wins 870 MW plant contract

A joint venture between Delta Energy and EDF has awarded Siemens a turnkey contract to build a combined-cycle power plant in the Netherlands.

The joint venture will operate the Sloecentrale plant and is scheduled to begin operation in the spring 2009 in Vlissingen-Oost. The total contract, including maintenance, is valued at €550m ($747m).

With an installed capacity of approximately 870 MW, the gas fired plant will produce enough power for more than 2m households. The Siemens scope of supply will encompass two gas turbines, two steam turbines, two generators, and the entire electrical and I&C equipment. The company will also handle plant maintenance for a period of 15 years.

Nuclear plant simulator enters service

L-3 has signed an agreement with Nordostschweizerische Kraftwerke (NOK) to put into service a full-scale power plant simulator for Switzerland’s Beznau nuclear plant – a first in power plant simulators known as ‘ready for training’.

The simulator, ordered three years ago, services two Westinghouse pressurized water reactor units at the Beznau site in northeastern Switzerland. The identical Beznau 1 and 2 units, each with a rated net output of 365 MW, have been supplying energy to nine cantons since 1969 and 1971, respectively.

The simulator is equipped with full replica control room panels and L-3’s Isis instructor station. The simulation of plant computer systems from ABB, AREVA and Westinghouse are also included.

Gazprom plans German CCGT plant

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Luxembourg energy group Soteg are to build a €400m ($538.4m) power plant in Germany by 2010, marking Gazprom’s first step into European power.

Gazprom, which supplies about a quarter of Europe’s gas requirements, said the combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant would be built in Eisenhuttenstadt and would comprise two turbines with a capacity of 400 MW each.

Under the agreement, Gazprom and Soteg will each own 50 per cent in the company building the plant, which will have the right to sell part of the electricity produced directly to industrial consumers under long term contracts. The remainder will be sold separately by Gazprom and Soteg.

Acciona builds biomass project

Acciona and Ente Regional de la Energía de Castilla y León (EREN) are to build a 15 MW biomass plant in Briviesca, Spain, that will run on 100 000 tonnes of straw annually.

The €40m ($54m) plant will generate 120 GWh per year when it enters commercial service in the second half of 2009. Construction is due to begin this year.

Acciona will have a majority holding in the plant, the first biomass facility in the region of Castilla y León. Most of the raw material will come from the Burgos and Palencia provinces.

Acciona will also develop the 318 MW Guadalaviar wind farm in the Valencia region.

Powerfuel and Shell join forces

Powerfuel, a UK coal mine owner controlled by Russia’s Kuzbassrazrezugol, plans to build a 900 MW, coal fired power plant in Hatfield, in northern England, that will use Shell gasification technology and carbon capture.

Construction will take three to four years and may involve building a pipeline to transport carbon dioxide to storage sites in the North Sea, Powerfuel said in a statement.

Kuzbassrazrezugol, Russia’s largest coal mining company, bought a 51 per cent stake in Powerfuel in 2006.

News Digest

Austria: Voith Siemens has commenced the manufacturing phase of two 240 MW pump turbines for Verbund-Austrian Hydro Power’s Limburg II hydro plant after a successful ten-day model test.

France: EDF has the highest renewable energy generation capacity of any European utility at 24 547 MW – equivalent to 18.8 per cent of total capacity – according to Green Energy Strategies in European Utilities, a market report by Research and Markets.

France: Iberdrola has started the construction of two wind farms with a combined capacity of 21.5 MW in France, and has announced plans to build four more in the region before the end of 2007.

Germany: Robert Gattereder, managing director of Stuttgart-based power plant constructers M+W Zander, has predicted that in silicon-based photovoltaic production, the first factories with capacities beyond 1 GW will be onstream in 2009.

Italy: Rome has approved the Archimedes project, a 5 MW solar plant that, when completed circa 2009, will be the first solar power plant on the east of Sicily. Archimedes will store solar energy by focusing the sun on pipes filled with a saline liquid, which can store heat of more than 1000 oC for several hours.

Italy: Solar Integrated Technologies of Los Angeles, USA, a provider of building integrated photovoltaic roofing (BIPV) systems, has won contracts totalling $10m to provide 2 MW of solar systems at two sites outside Rome.

Norway: State-owned renewable firm Statkraft has won its first wind power license outside Norway, after it gained the right to build the Blaengwen project in Wales, UK.

Sweden: Fortum is planning to build a wind park consisting of eight 2-3 MW power plants in the Orsa Finnmark area in the Dalarna province of Sweden by 2009, at an estimated cost of around $30-45m.

Switzerland: BKW FMB Energy is to expand the world’s largest in-stadium solar power plant at the Wankdorf stadium in Berne to an annual capacity of 1.2m kWh from the present 800 000 kWh.

UK: REpower Systems has won an order from Airtricity, to supply 15 of its MM82 wind turbines – equal to a total 30 MW – for the Dalswinton wind farm project in Scotland.

UK: Scottish and Southern Energy has applied to Scottish ministers for consent to build a 2.5 MW hydroelectric power station on the Allt Coire Chaorach, near Crianlarich, Scotland.