The collaboration, announced at the World LPG Association conference in Amsterdam, combines Siemens industrial and aero-derivative gas turbine know-how with MAKEEN Power’s LPG and power plant experience to offer a new power solution to areas where there is no, or limited natural gas supply.
The decentralised market has been dominated by reciprocating engines which traditionally run on heavy fuel oil or diesel fuels. However, the use of LPG means that efficient small gas turbines can be used to reduce the environmental impact of power generation.
As LPG is available in more than 130 countries, existing infrastructure can be used to ensure security of supply through gas turbine-based power plants or cogeneration facilities.
Both organisations believe that LPG is an ideal fuel as it enables clean, affordable and environmentally friendly energy generation. The performance of LPG is very similar to that of natural gas and much better when compared to diesel.
When compared to heavy fuel oils or diesel, using LPG-fuelled gas turbines can reduce CO2 emissions by more than 15%, while NOx and particulate emissions can be reduced by 90% and sulphur emissions eliminated.
The agreement will focus initially on the Siemens SGT300 gas turbine which has recently been rig-tested to approve the use of Grade A LPG, which covers from 100% propane to a propane (60%), butane (40%) blend. The turbine performance is almost identical to natural gas operation and NOx emissions are better than on diesel operation.
Wendy Warren, Sales Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, said:
“With high reliability, high availability, and low maintenance requirements, gas turbines are ideal for operation in remote locations and harsh environments, providing a secure, stable yet flexible supply of power, and heat if needed. Siemens can offer a wide range of LPG-fuelled gas turbines to meet the specific needs of different industrial and commercial customers. With similar performance from LPG as with natural gas, power plants and cogeneration facilities can be customized to meet the requirements of each individual application while offering unrivalled fuel flexibility to optimize plant economics.”
Anders Bjørn, Project Director, MAKEEN Power, added:
“Due to MAKEEN Power's extensive knowledge of and experience in the energy market, we can install your power plant with the preferred fuel of your choice. We make tailored solutions with the highest flexibility possible to ensure that you have the best basis for your business, and the best starting point for additional profits. And it doesn’t end there – we can offer you a service contract and spare parts after the installation is complete.”