Siemens wins £407m contract to build new power plant in France

WCN Editorial Team 5 Sep 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

German engineering services firm Siemens has secured a contract worth about €450m (£407m) from the special-purpose company Compagnie Electrique de Bretagne for the construction of a new combined-cycle power plant in France.

Located in Landivisiau, the combined cycle power plant will be executed as a turnkey project. It will have an installed capacity of 446MW.

Compagnie Electrique de Bretagne is a fully-owned by the French gas and energy provider Total Direct Énergie (TDE), a subsidiary of Total.

Siemens Financial Services (SFS), the financing arm of Siemens, held a 40% interest in the special-purpose entity during the seven-year project development phase.

Under the contract, Siemens will be responsible for the supply of an SGT5-4000F gas turbine, an SGen5-2000H generator, an SST5-3000 steam turbine, an SPPA-T3000 control system and the heat-recovery steam generator.

Furthermore, the German engineering services firm will operate and maintain the power plant for 20 years. The power plant is scheduled to be commissioned in the second half of 2021.

When the agreement went into force, SFS divested its stake to TDE as planned as the latter wants to expand its share of the power generation market in France.

Total Direct Énergie CEO Xavier Caïtucoli said: “Thanks to its flexibility, our new power plant in Landivisiau will be ideal for balancing out the fluctuating infeed from wind and solar plants.

“It will therefore make a crucial contribution to supply security in the region. The efficient gas turbine technology from Siemens and their participation during the project development phase were important factors in successfully implementing this project.”

Siemens Gas and Power CEO of Power Generation Karim Amin said: “With Landivisiau, we are developing and building a modern combined cycle power plant that will play a major role in supporting the security of electricity supply in France utilizing Siemens’ efficient and environmentally friendly technology.

“Our advanced power plant technology and our first-rate operation and maintenance services will ensure that the plant continues to operate economically and reliably for a long time to come.”

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Image: The SGT5-4000F gas turbine, a steam turbine, and a heat-recovery steam generator from Siemens will be at the heart of the new combined cycle power plant in Landivisiau in France. Photo: Courtesy of Siemens.

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