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Finning powers UK city-wide energy schemes

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams
CAT G3516E


Finning Power Systems has supplied seven Caterpillar generator sets for energy schemes in Leicester and Birmingham, UK.

The CAT gensets will support low carbon combined heat and power (CHP) and tri-generation technology across the two sites, covering thousands of homes and council-owned buildings.

One site, part of the Leicester District Energy scheme, is a £15m partnership between Cofely District Energy, Leicester City Council and the University of Leicester. It is expected to reduce Leicester’s carbon emissions by around 8,400 tonnes per annum.

Finning supplied two 1600kWe, G3516E generator sets, along with design support and commissioning for the new, gas-fired CHP installation at the University of Leicester. A G3516E unit was also supplied for the upgrade of the existing district heating scheme on a housing estate in the city.

In Birmingham under a similar scheme, four CAT gensets from Finning, including a G3516C with control panel and exhaust gas heat exchanger, along with a 2000kWe G3520E, 1600kWe G3516E and 725kWe G3512LE were supplied. Finning provided design support and commissioning for all four units.

Wärtsilä to supply 225 MW power plant to Texas utility

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Finnish gas engine manufacturer Wärtsilä is to engineer and supply a 225 MW power plant to South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) in the USA.

The STEC Red Gate power plant will be located in Hidalgo County, Texas and is scheduled to be in commercial operation by summer 2014. The plant will be powered by 12 Wärtsilä 50SG engines running on natural gas.

The new Red Gate power plant is designed to meet BACT (Best Available Control Technology) pollution standards as mandated by the United States Clean Air Act.  Wärtsilä  said one of the benefits of the 50SG engine is that its high simple-cycle efficiency is achieved with minimal water consumption.

Wärtsilä has also signed a maintenance agreement to provide technical and operational assistance with maintenance planning, technical advisors, spare parts, and an on-site inventory.

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