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Siemens awarded turnkey contract for Maltese CCPP

LNG Industry,

Electrogas Malta has awarded Siemens a contract for the turnkey construction of a 200 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP).

The order is worth approximately €175 million. The CCPP is part of a government programme to phase out the use of heavy fuel oil and switch to using natural gas for power production.

The Siemens SGT-800 industrial gas turbine combines a reliable robust design with high efficiency and low emissions.

Floating LNG

In addition to the new power plant, Electrogas Malta will provide a floating storage unit for LNG and a regasification plant to provide the fuel required for both the new CCPP and for an existing reciprocating engine power plant located at the same site, which will be converted to natural gas.

The new CCPP will be located at the existing Delimara power station near the city of Marsaxlokk, in southeastern Malta. It will generate enough power to meet approximately 50% of the country’s electricity demand. Initial operation is scheduled for mid-2016.

Low emissions

"The project is highly driven by the need for reliable, low cost generation and cleaner air. Siemens' high performance equipment, which operates with high efficiency and low emissions, even in part load operation, has proven to be the solution that best fits our needs. When the new plant is in operation, the levels of air pollutants and rate of fuel consumption for overall power production in Malta will be materially reduced considerably," said Michael Kunz, Project Coordinator, at Electrogas Malta.

The new power plant is of Siemens type SCC-800 3x1C, which is based on three SGT-800 gas turbines, three HRSGs and one SST-900 steam turbine. The SGT-800 industrial gas turbine combines a robust, long service-life design with high efficiency and low emissions. The turbine is therefore qualified for gas turbine and combined cycle applications in simple cycle and cogeneration plants in the industry, in refineries and in the oil and gas industry.

Regasification process

For optimal performance at high ambient air temperatures, the gas turbines will be equipped with an inlet air cooling system which will draw its chilling power from the regasification process of the LNG.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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