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Tognum To Supply Emergency Gensets At German Nuclear Power Plant

Posted on July 21, 2009

MTU Onsite Energy will supply two emergency gensets for NPP Unterweser nuclear power plant in early 2011. The contract, signed with Eon Kernkraft GmbH, has a volume of US$16 million. The two gensets are based on MTU 16V 956 TB 33 engine and have a joint electric power output of 9,400 kW. The company explained that this equals the energy consumption of a small German town with a population of about 10,000 people.

After their initial start, the gensets take less than 10 seconds to reach their operating speed so that electrical power can be generated, and after not more than 15 seconds, they accept full load. At the NPP Unterweser plant they will supply safety-relevant consumers with energy in case of power failure. MTU added that the replacement of emergency power systems in several German nuclear power plants is expected to come up in the next few years including the NPP Unterweser plant which requires additional new emergency gensets.

The emergency gensets of MTU Onsite Energy fulfill, among other items, the stringent requirements of the German Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA) for the operation of emergency power systems in nuclear power plants. Christof von Branconi, member of the Executive Board of Tognum AG and responsible for the business unit "Onsite Energy & Components" pointed out: "With its emergency gensets, Tognum contributes essentially to the safety of nuclear power plants, not only in Germany but also in China. Only a few months ago, the Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen, as part of a consortium, had sold emergency power systems with a total value of about US$213 million to Chinese nuclear power plants."

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