United Wagon Company bought a 100% share of TransMashEnergo, LLC, being a company-customer of the construction of a gas-piston thermal power plant. Own power plant will ensure power safety of manufacturing enterprises of UWC on the territory of the Tikhvin industrial site.
Freight car building and foundry enterprises of the railway holding of UWC, located on the territory of industrial site of the town of Tikhvin, will become the main consumers of electrical and thermal power of Tikhvin thermal power plant. Thermal power plant will provide for the enterprises’ energy security, continuous work and stability of energy supply, as well as create margin of power for further development of the industrial area.
The construction of Tikhvin thermal power plant commenced in 2014 as part of a comprehensive project for the modernization of energy infrastructure of the industrial site. The commissioning of the plant is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. Total installed electric power capacity of Tikhvin power plant is 110 MW, thermal power exceeds 25 Gcal per hour.
Tikhvin thermal power plant will become the most powerful Russian power plant based on gas-piston engines. The application of modern and efficient power units of Wärtsilä provides high maneuverability of the thermal power plant’s operation in comparison with steam and gas turbine power plants, widespread in Russia.
In the project of a gas-piston thermal power plant there has been implemented the concept of intellectual generation of electrical power — Smart Power Generation, designed to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of the power system. The thermal power plant is capable of a prompt response to changes in the level of energy consumption, it can cover base and peak loadings, engage in operation the required number of power plant units for a few minutes, and, as a result, to balance the power system, provide low specific fuel consumption and level of emissions due to optimum work load of each power unit. A method of catalytic oxidation is being applied in Tikhvin thermal power plant. This method provides for conversion of carbon monoxide (CO) into carbon dioxide (CO2).