Romania Modernizes Heating Districts with GE’s Jenbacher Gas Engines
Bucharest Moves Closer to EU Efficiency Standards
JENBACH, AUSTRIA - GE Energy today announced that developer S.C. VESTENERGO S.A. will install a 14-MW cogeneration gas engine plant in order to modernize its district heating facilities in Bucharest, Romania to help the country meet energy efficiency standards set by the European Union. The project will be powered by four of GE’s most powerful Jenbacher “Type 6” gas engines. Two of the engines are GE’s new J624 GS units that are the world’s first commercial 24-cylinder gas engines.
The VEST-ENERGO project will support Romania’s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan to aggressively modernize the country’s municipal and industrial district heating networks. Today’s announcement will add momentum to Romania’s plans to modernize its local heating districts and increase national energy efficiency standards in order comply with EU efficiency guidelines. The EU has urged member countries to expand the use of cogeneration in order to reach efficiency goals.
While GE’s Jenbacher cogeneration units are widely deployed throughout Europe, the VEST ENERGO project marks one of the first commercial deployments of GE’s new J624 GS engine model. Last week, GE Energy announced that Royal Pride Holland, one of Netherland’s largest commercial tomato greenhouse operators, would use the J624 GS engine to power the greenhouse’s new cogeneration plant.
VEST-ENERGO is building the natural gas-fueled cogeneration plant that serves residential and commercial customers in the city’s western district. Cogeneration is inherently more efficient and consumes less fossil fuel than separate heating and power generation equipment.
VEST-ENERGO’s new plant will be powered by two of GE’s 3-MW, J620 GS units and two of GE’s newest 4-MW, J624 GS engines, providing a total of 14 MW of electricity and 13.5 MW of thermal power. “Phase One” will use J620 GS units that will be in service by the end of 2008. “Phase Two” will feature the J624 GS units and is scheduled to be commissioned by October 2009.
GE is supplying the cogeneration equipment, installation, long-term service and spare parts through its Jenbacher engine distributor for Romania, TOTAL Eurobusiness Company.
“There is a great opportunity in the Romanian energy sector to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of both the industrial and residential sectors by utilizing 21st century technology in today’s district heating systems,” said Rod Christie, CEO of GE Energy for Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS. “This goal requires very efficient, reliable cogeneration technology, which makes GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology perfectly suited for VEST ENERGO’s project.”
GE’s Jenbacher natural gas cogeneration applications recently earned GE’s ecomagination certification as part of GE’s corporate wide campaign to offer customers advanced technologies that provides proven economic and environmental benefits over existing equipment.
About GE Energy’s Jenbacher Gas Engines
GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine business, based in Jenbach, Austria, is a leading manufacturer of gas-fueled reciprocating engines, packaged generator sets and cogeneration systems for power generation.
Jenbacher engines cover an output range of 0.25 to 4 MW and operate on natural gas or a variety of specialty fuels, including flare gas and coal mine gas or alternative fuels like biogas, landfill gas, wood gas, sewage gas and industrial waste gas. Patented combustion systems coupled with advanced engine and plant management systems enable customers to meet stringent international emission standards while offering high levels of efficiency, durability, and reliability.
About GE Energy
GE Energy (www.ge.com/energy) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, with 2007 revenue of $22 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy works in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.
Numerous GE Energy products are certified under ecomagination, GE’s corporate-wide initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges. In addition to various cogeneration applications, GE’s Jenbacher biogas, landfill gas and coal mine methane engines previously received ecomagination certification, underscoring the environmental and economic benefits offered from the utilization of generating energy from high methane content waste streams.
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that is built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. GE is Imagination at Work. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.ge.com.
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