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Siemens Building Biomass-fired Power Plant

Posted on June 3, 2005

Siemens Power Generation (PG) is building what it says is Europe’s largest forest-biomass-fired power plant in Vienna, Austria. The order is valued at over US$61 million and the purchaser is WIEN ENERGIE Bundesforste Biomasse Kraftwerk GmbH & Co. KG. Groundbreaking was in April 2005 and plant construction is under way; commissioning is scheduled for June 2006. The biomass-fired power plant will have an electrical capacity of 24.5 (MW) and also feed a maximum of 37 MW of district heat into the city’s supply network. In cogeneration mode the plant’s efficiency will reportedly increase to over 80%.

Siemens PG is the general contractor for the overall project. The company is to supply the steam generator, fuel handling system, steam turbine-generator and flue-gas cleaning system with catalytic reactor. Delivery and installation of the entire electrical and instrumentation and controls equipment and integration of the plant into the existing power plant infrastructure are also part of the order.

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