A 750-MW combined heat and power plant that supplies district heating for the town of Lünen, Germany has been commissioned.
The hard coal-fired combined-cycle steam plant was built by Siemens Energy and Japanese manufacturer IHI Corporation. It features a SST5-6000 steam turbine and a model SGen5-3000W generator.
Located on the Datteln-Hamm Canal, a major inland waterway in northwest Germany, the plant provides steam for district heating as well as electricity for 1.5 million Lünen households. It is predicted to operate for 7000 full-load hours in 2014.
Siemens said the plant is the cleanest and most efficient hard coal-fired plant in Europe, with an electrical efficiency of almost 46% and carbon savings of up to 1 million tonnes per year.
“Despite difficulties arising from the special licensing situation for coal-fired power plants in Germany, we have managed to build a plant to the highest technical standards”, said Rainer Hauenschild, CEO of Siemens Energy Solutions.