Power Plant

German energy provider RheinEnergie has awarded a contract to Alstom to supply a generator transformer for the combined-cycle heat and power plant (CHP) in Niehl, Cologne (Germany).

The transformer which has a power output of 560MVA, 410/21kV, will transmit the energy generated by the power plant into the Cologne power grid.

To be manufactured at Alstom plant in Mönchengladbach, the transformer is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2015.

In December 2012, Alstom won the turnkey construction of the combined-cycle heat and power plant from RheinEnergie. In addition to this, Alstom has also signed a 15-year service agreement for the plant.

The plant is intended to generate 453MW of electricity and approximately 265MW of heat by means of a combined heat and power system; this can supply up to one million households with power and approximately 50,000 households with district heating.

"The transformer is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2015."

The generator transformer features a compact design thanks to four oil-air coolers functioning as an ODAF1 cooling system.

Alstom Grid project manager Heiko Schneider said the new construction project in Niehl, Cologne, clearly illustrates the range of Alstom’s service portfolio for energy generation and transmission.

"Alstom has the advantage of being able to provide customers with a complete range of services, in both manufacturing of a new combined cycle plant, and providing the necessary equipment for electricity transmission," Schneider said.

Image: Alstom supplies transformer for 453MW CHP plant in Germany. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.