German engineering firm Siemens has won a €175m turnkey construction order from Electrogas Malta for setting up a 200MW natural-gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in Malta.
The facility will be built at the existing Delimara power station near the city of Marsaxlokk in south-eastern part of the European country. It is a part of the government’s attempts to cut down usage of heavy fuel oil.
Malta intends to use its natural gas resources for power generation.
The power plant will be of Siemens type SCC-800 3x1C. It will be equipped with three SGT-800 gas turbines, three HRSGs, and one SST-900 steam turbine.
Electrogas Malta will also provide a floating storage unit for LNG, as well as a regasification plant to meet the natural gas fuel requirements of the CCPP and for a reciprocating engine power plant, which was pre-existing at the same location.
Electrogas Malta project coordinator Michael Kunz said: "The project is highly driven by the need for reliable, low-cost generation and cleaner air.
"Siemens’ high-performance equipment, which operates with high-efficiency and low emissions, even in part load operation, has proven to be the solution that best fits our needs.
"When the new plant is in operation, the levels of air pollutants and rate of fuel consumption for overall power production in Malta will be materially reduced considerably."
The plant is set to be operation by summer 2016. It will have the capacity to meet around 50% of Malta’s power demand.
Image: The Siemens SGT-800 industrial gas turbine combines. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.