24 February 2003 – VA Tech Hydro’s Combined Cycle Business Unit has obtained the building licence for the modernisation of the district heating network of the city of Munich in Germany, having won the engineering contract last year. The overall contract is worth around €180m with VA Tech Hydro leading a consortium with MAB Anlagenbau Austria.
In January 2003, municipal utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) placed an order with VA Tech Hydro for the engineering, supply, construction, and commissioning of a 400 MW Combined Cycle district heating plant designed to increase generation capacities and plant efficiency at the Munich South location. Commissioning has been scheduled for October 2004.
This capital investment marks an innovative milestone in SWM’s renewal programme for the electricity and district heating systems. For the first time SWM fully rely on VA Tech Hydro’s competence and comprehensive expertise with gas-fuelled combined cycle power plants.
Power/heat coupled generation facilities are system solutions specifically tailored to operator requirements. They offer a particularly high fuel utilisation factor of more than 80 per cent – about twice the efficiency of electricity-only generation plants. Although combined power and heat systems are not be regarded as renewable energy sources, they nevertheless offer significant environmental benefits, particularly in Europe, as existing locations are primarily upgraded with new technologies characterised by substantially lower emission levels.
The two new gas turbines supplied by General Electric for the Munich South facility feature state-of-the-art combustion systems designed to reduce harmful emissions to a minimum.