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Cogeneration Continues Growth Trend in Spain

Posted on June 2, 2009

To help meet growing energy and environmental needs in the Iberian region, DETISA, an energy supplier owned by major Spanish oil company CEPSA, has selected GE Energy’s gas turbine technology for a new cogeneration project in San Roque, Cádiz, Spain.

GE will supply a Frame 6B gas turbine-generator for the Lubrisur Cogeneration Plant, which will help to meet the increasing energy requirements of the Gibraltar-San Roque refinery, with excess electricity to be sold to the Spanish grid. The plant has a capacity of 42 megawatts of power and also will produce steam to be used for refinery processes.

Burning natural gas, the Frame 6B gas turbine will employ a dry low NOx system that will meet the region’s strict environmental regulations. Cogeneration is a growing trend in Spain, where the government is pushing for energy savings, reduced grid losses and reduced greenhouse emissions to meet the standards of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.

Commercial operation of the Lubrisur project is scheduled to begin by the end of 2010.

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