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GE Energy, the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and Contour Global have celebrated the opening of a cogeneration plant at the Coca-Cola Hellenic Ploiesti bottling facility near Bucharest.

The Romania natural-gas-fuelled cogeneration plant represents the first of a planned group of 15 combined heat and power (CHP) plants that will be installed at Coca-Cola Hellenic facilities in 12 European countries.

Each of the bottling plants utilising GE Energy Jenbacher CHP engines will be able to eliminate up to 40 per cent of their annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Under the first phase of the Coca-Cola Hellenic CHP initiative, GE Energy is supplying Contour Global with 19 Jenbacher gas engines – representing a total output of 58MW.

The first two GE Jenbacher cogeneration modules were installed at the Coca-Cola Hellenic Romania bottling facility while the other units will be installed at Coca-Cola facilities in six other European countries: Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Greece, Northern Ireland and Italy.

The CHP plants will supply a highly efficient, reliable onsite supply of electricity, as well as hot and chilled water, to Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling facilities.

Subsequent project phases call for additional CHP plants to be installed at bottling facilities in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Nigeria.

The Romania cogeneration plant is powered by two GE 3MW J620 Jenbacher gas engines.

The initiative supports the European Commission goal to adopt more stringent environmental targets for member states to help Europe achieve a 20 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.

GE Energy Jenbacher gas engines will be delivered throughout 2009 and 2010, with commissioning scheduled as the plants are ready.

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