ESI Eurosilo recently received its biggest ever order with the request for three large coal silos from EMBA Hunutlu thermal power plant.

The power station must comply with stringent environmental requirements because of its location in precious nature reserves in Adana, Turkey.

The regulations included taking up as little land space as possible, meaning the Eurosilo system provided the best solution to fuel the 1320MW power station.

Imported coal-fired power plant

EMBA Electricity Production is a joint venture of Shanghai Electric Power, AVIC-INTL Project Engineering Company and two local Turkish investors.

EMBA is developing an imported coal-fired thermal power plant in Turkey comprising of two 660MW units, with the investment totalling $1.7bn.

The project is aimed at delivering one of the most environmentally friendly and clean coal-fired power plants ever, with high levels of capacity, reliability and efficiency.

Infeed of 2,500TPH

ESI’s assignment is the engineering and delivery of complete mechanisms for the storage, infeed and reclaiming of the coal in three 100,000m³ silos.

A dedicated technical advisor of ESI will stay at the site for six months to oversee the installation and commissioning of the Eurosilo systems in the three silos, which each have a diameter of 55m.

The stored coal will reach a height of 42.5m and will be extracted with a capacity of 750TPH. The coal silos are positioned along the side of the sea at the power plant, allowing for efficient unloading of bulk carriers.

Therefore, the infeed amounts to a 2,500TPH, representing another milestone for ESI on the road to ever-increasing capacities.

ESI partner NewBulks

The Hunutlu project has a long history, with ESI receiving its first enquiry in 2015. Since then, ESI and its Chinese partner NewBulks have put great effort into the project, given that this is a largely Chinese-led initiative.

The engineering of the plant has been completed by East China Electric Power Design Institute (ECEPDI), making the support of NewBulks indispensable for this project.

The official start date for ESI was April 2019. The first delivery of parts that need to be embedded in the concrete will take place at the beginning of 2020, with the main delivery for all of Eurosilo’s work scheduled for the end of the same year.