Cogeneration upgrade for Bucharest1 February 2009
Energy developer S.C. Vest-Energo S.A. is to install a 14 MW cogeneration gas engine plant in Bucharest, Romania, to aid in modernising district heating facilities and to help the region meet energy efficiency plans, set out by the European Union, that are aimed at encouraging the increased use of combined heat and power generation. The project will be powered by four GE Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines, two of which will be the company’s new J624 GS units, the world’s first commercial 24 cylinder gas engine, in one of its earliest deployments.
The project will support Romania’s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan to aggressively modernise the country’s municipal and industrial district heating networks.
S.C. Vest-Energo is building the natural gas-fuelled cogeneration plant, which will serve residential and commercial customers in the city’s western district. It will be powered by two 3 MW, J620 GS units and two 4 MW, J624 GS engines, providing a total output of 14 MWe and 13.5 MWt. Phase one, the J620 GS units, was scheduled to be in service by the end of 2008. Phase two is scheduled to be commissioned by October 2009.
GE Energy is supplying the cogeneration equipment, installation, long-term service and spare parts through its Jenbacher engine distributor for Romania, Total Eurobusiness Company.
Jenbacher natural gas cogeneration applications recently earned GE’s ‘ecomagination’ certification as part of its company wide campaign to offer customers advanced technologies that provide proven economic and environmental benefits over existing equipment.