GE to supply cogeneration systems

GE Jenbacher has recently received a multi-million dollar contract to provide 22 complete gas engine cogeneration systems for a coal mine gas-to-energy project in the Ukraine.

According to GE Energy, each system will include the cooling system, silencer, control system and heat recovery unit. Upon completion, the project will be the largest of its kind in the world in terms of total power output.

The contract was awarded by Sasyadko, headquartered in Donezk in southeastern Ukraine.

Coal mine gas will power 22 GE Jenbacher JMS 620 GS-S.LC cogeneration systems to generate 131 megawatts of electrical and thermal output. The heat and power will support operations at three Sasyadko sites inside and near Donezk.

“This project is strategically important for GE Jenbacher’s growth. The Sasyadko plant will serve as a reference plant in the region, particularly for large coal mine gas projects,” said Barry Glickman, GE Jenbacher’s General Manager.

The Sasyadko project will prevent the release of methane gas that would otherwise have been vented into the atmosphere. The 22 cogeneration systems will consume coal mine gas, which contains at least 25 percent methane.

Methane has a global warming potential that is 21 times greater than that of CO2. Per installed megawatt and based on 8,000 operating hours a year, a GE Jenbacher engine can reportedly reduce emissions at an amount equivalent to approximately 35,000 to 40,000 tons of CO2 per year. At the Sasyadko sites, the total reduction will equate to approximately 2.3 to 2.7 million tons of CO2 per year.

The equipment is being manufactured at GE Jenbacher’s facilities in Jenbach, Austria and will be delivered to Sasyadko in 10 stages, beginning in June 2004. The facilities are expected to begin commercial operation no later than the fourth quarter of 2004.