Siemens selected as supplier for Lordstown Energy Center
Siemens has been selected as the technology supplier for Lordstown Energy Center – a new 940 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) to be built in Ohio, USA.
The company will deliver a complete power plant solution for the facility, which will feature the record-breaking H-class technology designed for fast, flexible operation to support renewable integration. The scope of supply includes two gas turbines, one steam turbine and three generators.
Due to start operation in summer 2018, the facility will be capable of supplying power for approximately 800,000 households. In addition, Siemens has signed a long-term service agreement to help ensure the reliability, availability and operational performance of the units. The service will include advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics.
Siemens Financial Services co-funded the development loan and will provide 27 percent equity investment alongside Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
With more than 200,000 operating hours, the H-class gas turbines offer proven technology with high reliability, reaching efficiency rates over 60 percent in combined cycle power plants with availability over 96 percent. Recently Siemens set a new world record with its H-class turbine technology with a net efficiency level of about 61.5 percent in the Lausward combined cycle power plant in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.