T-Power has been operating a 425 MW CCGT (combined cycle gas turbine) plant on the premises of Tessenderlo Group in Tessenderlo (Belgium) since June 2011. The power station uses natural gas and produces considerably less CO2 than the older, traditional fossil fired power stations.
The plant is a Siemens-designed, high-efficiency gas-fired combined cycle power plant, which can produce approximately 425 megawatts (MW) in strict compliance with the very latest environmental regulations. Thanks to Siemens' ultra-modern burner technology, nitrogen oxide emissions are well below statutory requirements. The plant also features high online versatility, short startup times and fast load cycling – these are properties that are becoming more and more important against the background of increasing shares of fluctuating wind power in the grid. In total, the power plant is capable of supplying more than 240,000 Belgian households with ecofriendly electricity.
Characteristics of a modern CCGT:
Highly reliable either for base-load or intermittent operations
Very flexible in use
Highly efficient and environmentally friendly
The ideal partner of renewable energies to achieve the Energy Transition
With the closing of Belgian nuclear power plants in 2025, the CCGT is the preferred production method for compensating the lost capacity (in combination with renewables)
Siemens Energy erected the plant as a turnkey solution and supplied all the major components – an SGT5-4000F gas turbine, an SST5-3000 steam turbine, and a hydrogen-cooled SGen-2000H generator. All commissioning works were successfully completed according to schedule in mid-2011.