Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of Tatarstan, launched a new 405.6 MW power generating unit at Kazan CHPP-3 of TGK-16 OJSC. The formal ceremony was also attended by Albert Shigabutdinov, General Director of TAIF PSC, and John Rice, Vice President of General Electric, the USA.
The unit based on a 9HA.01 gas turbine manufactured by GE will cover the growing demand of Kazan for thermal energy used for heating and hot water, which will be produced in the most cost-effective combined mode.
"This is the largest gas turbine unit in our country. And today, judging by its results after the startup, it surpassed all contractual conditions. The cost of one kW amounted to EUR 536. This is a very good figure for the economy. This GTU is twice as efficient as the existing power plants. Just imagine, the capacity of 400 MW will appear in Kazan. Energy efficiency of our plants will be highly improved, and the capacities we will have will be in demand. We have the capacities, but we are not competitive and can't always sell energy. But in this case we have a huge chance to be always in the market",- President Rustam Minnikhanov outlined the prospects.
It took a year and a half to build the power generating unit, and its commissioning was the last step in a comprehensive modernization of the Kazan CHPP-3. This unit has become the first in Russia and the second in the world electricity generating facility equipped with a GTU of such kind.