A combined cycle plant of Iberdrola in Spain.
Julio García. Madrid
The Spanish electric company Iberdrola and General Electric (GE) have signed a contract with the Swiss energy company Repower for the construction of a combined cycle plant with capacity for 570 megawatts (MW) in Chempark, Leverkusen (Germany). This new cogeneration plant will supply electric energy to 600,000 German homes.
The agreement includes the supply of GE’s high efficiency gas turbine 9HA and services in the long term. It is expected that this plant has an efficiency of global fuel above 80% and a steam extraction of more than 300 tons per hour, which would allow supplying steam to the companies of the Chempark’s chemical complex.
The plant will contribute to reduce carbon emissions and to energy efficiency
According to information provided by Iberdrola yesterday, the objective of this combined cycle plant will be to contribute in Germany to the reduction of carbon emissions and to the energy efficiency. In that sense, Eduardo Elorriaga, project manager of this company, expressed his satisfaction for working with GE in this project and contributing to reduce carbon emissions in Germany.
For his part, Daniel Fritsche, project director of Repower, declared that Iberdrola and GE have understood the need for the company to build a cogeneration plant that is highly efficient, flexible and reliable, and that contributes to the reduction of gas emissions.
Oliver Klitzke, of GE in Germany, pointed out that in the transition of the EU towards a future with low carbon emissions, the HA technology of his company will contribute to energy companies achieving, in a balanced way, an “affordable and reliable” supply, “with stricter environmental rules”.