LONDON (CNI)--German chemicals group BASF on Thursday inaugurated the combined heat and power plant (CHP) at its Ludwigshafen, Germany petrochemicals complex.
It will supply the site with 440MW of electricity and 650 tonne/hour of steam, at a claimed fuel efficiency of 90%.
Prime contractor Siemens began building the Euro240m ($290m) co-generation plant in September 2003. It contains two natural gas-fired gas turbines with an electricity capacity of 180MW each. Steam is produced in heat-recovery boilers from the hot exhaust of the gas turbines.
According to Ernst Schwanhold, head of BASF's environment, safety and energy competence centre, the new plant makes Ludwigshafen 90% self-sufficient in electricity generation. This will make it more competitive as well as reducing carbon dioxide emissions to almost 40% below that of coal-fired power plants, said BASF.