CHP Plant Switching From Heavy Fuel Oil To Gas Operation

By Jack Burke26 May 2020

Wärtsilä’s will supply Rofeica Energia in Barcelona, Spain with a Wärtsilä 34SG gas-fueled engine generating set, enabling the company to switch from heavy fuel oil to gas operation at its combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

Switching to gas operation will allow the customer to capture various CHP revenue streams, while significantly reducing its carbon footprint. The market in Spain is increasingly trending towards sustainable power generation.

“High efficiency and reliability are essential if our company is to remain competitive in today’s tough market conditions. We have had excellent experience with Wärtsilä’s engine technology and support for the past 20 years, and converting to gas operation with the Wärtsilä 34SG engine gives us the flexibility to move forward with confidence,” said Joan Romaní, CEO of Rofeica Energía, S.A.

The 9.1 MW plant will be delivered on a fast-track basis as the gas conversion is expected to be completed before the end of 2020. The major share of the generated energy will be used for Rofeica Energia’s own consumption, heating wood pellets, which is their main industrial process although an important share of the generated thermal power will be sold to third-party customers located in the near vicinity.

“The Wärtsilä 34SG engine is highly suitable for CHP applications. It has outstanding electrical efficiency, and its reliability has been proven with 43 million running hours in installations around the world. This conversion is a sensible decision as it secures Rofeica Energia’s future in the Spanish CHP market,” said Pekka Tolonen, Energy Business director, Europe, Wärtsilä.

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