Wärtsilä & Uniper to build 105 MW gas CHP plant in Bremen
The technology group Wärtsilä, in consortium with energy provider Uniper, has been contracted to deliver a 105 MW combined heat and power (CHP) gas engine plant to the city of Bremen, Germany.
This was announced on May 14 by the press center of Wärtsilä.
“I am very satisfied that we have reached this milestone with our consortium partner Uniper, and also the customer has put their trust in our joint offering. This project marks the beginning of our joint endeavour to deliver very high-quality and future-proof solutions to the CHP market in Germany”, - said Pekka Tolonen, Energy Business Director, Europe, Wärtsilä.
The plant will operate on nine Wärtsilä 31SG gas engines. It is reported that the order was placed by Bremen’s public utility swb Erzeugung GmbH und Co. KG in December 2019.
David Bryson, Chief Operating Officer Uniper said: “We are very pleased to be able to assist swb in achieving its climate goals through this engineering project. Engineering knowhow is a critical factor in environmental protection, which too often comes up short in discussions.”
The power plant comes with a Wärtsilä Guaranteed asset performance service agreement valid for three years with an option for seven more years. The agreement includes all maintenance services, performance guarantees, and training of swb Erzeugung’s personnel.
Moreover, Wärtsilä delivers the complete technical equipment for the nine generating sets, including the heat recovery system. When operational in mid-2022, heat from the plant will be able to supply the city of Bremen’s district heating network and feed electricity into the grid in Germany.
The Wärtsilä 31SG generating set is specifically designed for flexible power generation. The plant will operate in winter on flexible CHP mode with district heating and the heat storage at the power plant, and in summer on peaking load with heat storage, mostly working on the volatile power markets for day ahead and intraday.
It shall replace an existing coal-fired power plant, thereby supporting the ongoing energy transition in Germany towards flexible solutions.
“Efficient and sustainable power and heat generation is extremely important, both for our company and for the German energy sector in general. We are going to replace an outdated coal burning plant with a modern, clean, reliable and extremely efficient solution, which will provide the flexibility needed today,” said Jens-Uwe Freitag, chief Executive Officer of swb Erzeugung GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen.