Final Unit Starts-up at 1.3GW CHP Plant in Kent
The third and final unit at a 1.3GW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) power station in Kent is now commercially available.
Construction and commissioning of the innovative CHP scheme that will provide heat in the form of hot water to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, making it one of the world's largest CHP plants.
At present, the LNG terminal uses natural gas to heat the liquefied natural gas before injection to the gas network. The CHP scheme will have the capacity to transfer up to 340 MW of heat energy recovered from the steam condensation process within the CCGT to the LNG vaporisers, allowing for a reduction in carbon emissions of up to 350,000 tonnes a year.
In combining gas turbine and combined cycle technology with CHP, the plant is expected to have an overall efficiency of up to 73%. When fully operational the plant will fully qualify as Good Quality CHP under the government certified CHP Quality Assurance Scheme.