Munich-based power producer Stadtwerke München (SWM) has chosen GE’s 9EMax gas turbine upgrade solution to be deployed in its cogeneration plant Heizkraftwerk-Süd (HKW-Süd).
The purpose of the upgrade is to reduce fuel costs, as well as increase power output by approximately 15 MW per unit and increase efficiency of each gas turbine up to 3 per cent.
Modernizing of the two GE 9E.03 gas turbines and two A39 generators will be completed next year, at which point SWM expects significant reduction in nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
HKW-Süd produces thermal energy for district heating for both industry and residential users and is an important component of Munich's energy supply.
According to Helge-Uve Braun, technical managing director of SWM: “SWM’s district heating network extends approximately 800 kilometers and provides heat and hot water for a third of the households in Munich. In the long term, we want to generate CO2-neutral district heating in Munich, primarily using geothermal energy.