Combined cycle gas turbine based
The Norwegian electricity company, Statkraft, began operations at its new 430MW Knapsack II combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant at Hürth near Cologne, Germany, in June 2013. The plant is located in the Knapsack Chemical Industrial Park and was built at a cost of $492m.
Knapsack II is an extension of the Stratkraft’s 800MW Knapsack I CCGT power plant. Both the plants will now be treated as a single unit and the cash flows will be combined. The new plant has a power generation efficiency of 60% and will provide electricity to approximately 500,000 houses.
Siemens was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Knapsack II.
Statkraft obtained permission for the construction and operation of the Knapsack CCGT power plant expansion in July 2011.
The turnkey facility was developed by Siemens, who supplied a SGT5-4000F gas turbine and SGen5-2000H electrical generator for the plant.
The power plant design includes a single shaft configuration installed with a self synchronising clutch. The gas and steam turbines are arranged on one shaft and drive the same generator. The configuration provides the advantage of lower investment and higher operational flexibility.
The plant reaches the full load in few minutes using the hot-start mode, which helps in compensating for the power loss caused by electricity fluctuations.
A natural gas supply line DN 400 of 13.2km length was connected to the gas supply no.79 Stolberg-Porz 300 at Keldenich point, in order to enable the supply of gas to Knapsack II.
The power plant is connected to the Amprion grid through underground cables.
The SGT5-4000F gas turbine equipped in Knapsack II includes an annular combustion chamber with hybrid fibres.
The turn down upgrade system of the turbine reduces the compressor mass flow at part load with lower carbon monoxide emission levels. It also increases the combined cycle efficiency in part load operation and reduces the cost of fuel consumption during negative spark spread operations.
The construction works at Knapsack II began in August 2011. The works were executed in two parts. The main power plant construction formed the first part, while the second part involved the natural gas supply line.
The construction of the plant involved setting up of a machine house, heat recovery steam generator, a transformer park, feed water pump building and a cooling tower.
The natural gas supply line 400/PN100 Wesseling-Hürth DN was constructed along with two pigging stations, and a gas measuring and controlling station at Keldenich.
The EPC contract for setting up Knapsack II was awarded to Siemens in September 2010. Siemens supplied the gas turbine, generator, SST5-5000 steam turbine, SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system, and the heat recovery steam generator.
Konecranes UK supplied two cranes for the turbine hall construction, under a contract with Siemens.
The contract for the construction of DN 400/ PN 100 connection line was awarded to Friedrich Vorwerk. The contractor performed the planning and material procurement, along with the turnkey installation works for Wesseling/ Hürth gas supply line.
Siemens sub-contracted the steelwork to Zublin Stahlbau. The subcontractor was responsible for design of the workshop, structural steelwork manufacture and erection, and supply and installation of the cladding.
Infraserv, the site operator of Knapsack Chemical Industrial Park, performed the site operation works for the Knapsack II plant.
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