09 Mar 2023

Romanian Coal Plant to Be Repurposed as 1700MW Combined-Cycle Flagship

09 Mar 2023  by   

HL-class engine. Image credit: Siemens Energy

CCGT plant will run on Siemens Energy turbines and be one of the most efficient in Europe

Siemens Energy will supply independent power producer Mass Global Energy with HL-class gas turbine technology for the Mintia combined-cycle power plant in Romania.

The new 1700MW Mintia plant will replace a retired coal-fired power plant located near Deva in the Transylvania region which Mass Global Energy acquired for €91 million last year from Complexul Energetic Hunedoara.

The contract will see Siemens Energy supply two SGT5-9000HL gas turbines with associated generators, an SST5-5000 steam turbine with SGen-3000W generator, and the SPPA-T3000 control system.

The plant will be fired by domestic natural gas and waste heat from two gas turbines will be combined to generate steam for the steam turbine.

Ahmad Ismail Saleh, owner of Mass Global Energy, said in a statement: “It’s not only a strategic investment in the Romanian energy sector, the new power plant will mark the beginning of the decarbonization of the region’s former coal-fired power generation with a planned simple cycle operation by the first half of May 2025 and combined cycle completion in the first quarter of 2026.”

In the 50Hz market, it’s Siemens Energy’s first HL-class power plant in a 2×1 multi-shaft configuration.

The new turbines will increase power generation efficiency of the plant to more than 64%, making it one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in Europe, according to Siemens Energy.

“Our latest HL-class gas turbine technology in combined cycle configuration will replace the capacity of the old coal-fired Mintia power plant and slash CO2 emissions by more than 50 per cent when completed. I want to congratulate the Romanian government on this iconic project and thank Mass Global for their trust in Siemens Energy,” said Karim Amin, member of the Executive Board of Siemens Energy.


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