Siemens to construct combined power plant

Siemens has secured a 230 million Euro contract for the construction of a new combined cycle power plant at the BASF chemical plant in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Power Generation Group (PG) of Siemens has secured a 230 million Euro contract for the construction of a new turnkey combined cycle power plant at the BASF chemical plant in Antwerp, Belgium.

The order has been placed by Zandvliet Power NV, Antwerp, a joint venture of RWE Power, Essen and Electrabel SA, Brussels. Zandvliet Power will use this new plant to supply power to the BASF facility.

The new natural gas fired power plant will operate on the basis of combined heat and power. According to Siemens, the combined generation of electricity and steam means the plant will be able to achieve energy efficiencies of nearly 80 percent, preventing unnecessary energy losses and reducing CO2 emissions.

The plant, consisting of one block, will supply approximately 400 megawatts of electricity and a maximum of 300 tons of steam per hour to the production facilities of the chemical plant. The power plant is scheduled to be placed in service in August 2005.

The Siemens PG scope of supply comprises the turnkey power plant, which will consist of one gas turbine with one steam turbine and one generator; all mechanical equipment and components, including a heat recovery steam generator; a natural draft cooling tower, as well as the electrical systems and equipment. The instrumentation and control systems, spare parts and an optional maintenance contract for the gas turbine will also be supplied by Siemens PG.