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Added power to boost production capacity for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, other construction projects

Posted on October 30, 2013

The Verhnebakanskiy Cement Plant in Novorossiysk, Russia, is expanding its 44.3 MW on-site natural gas power plant by installing a 12th Jenbacher J624 gas engine from GE.

The factory is located in the southwestern city of Novorossiysk, the country's main port on the Black Sea, and was upgraded with a new 2.08 million tonnes/yr production line that opened in 2011.

The factory’s owner originally installed 11 of GE’s 4 MW Jenbacher J624 units in 2011; at the time, the project marked the largest single order of Jenbacher gas engines in Russia and represented GE’s largest J624 power plant project worldwide, the company said.

As with the first 11 qualified J624 units, one of GE’s authorized Jenbacher engine distributors in Russia – Max Motors Llc. of Sochi – will supply the latest J624 unit for the power plant, which Max Motors designed, built and maintains. The on-site power station uses natural gas provided by a local pipeline.

With an electrical efficiency of 45.6%, GE’s distributed power solution is helping the operator minimize energy costs by reducing natural gas consumption to generate electricity, the company said.