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Lucky with Fortuna - The Most Efficient Gas-Fired Power Plant

  • Basic facts

    ClientStadtwerke Düsseldorf AG and Siemens AG
    TimeframeDecember 2012 to January 2016
    Project locationHafen Düsseldorf, Germany
    Main services•    Lightning protection system
    •    Explosion protection
    •    Fire brigade elevator
    •    Pressure equipment
    •    Start-up inspections for boilers subject to monitoring requirements
    Involved regulations/standards•    Ordinance on the inspection of technical plants and equipment and periodic inspection of special buildings, North Rhine-Westphalia
    •    Building Regulations of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia
    •    German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health
    •    Design criteria for the construction and operation of fire brigade elevators in the municipal area of Düsseldorf
    •    Pressure Equipment Directive
    •    High Pressure Gas Pipeline Ordinance
    •    Ordinance on Installations for Handling Water-Polluting Substances and on Specialist Firms (VAwS)

    Düsseldorf municipal utilities’ Block “Fortuna” combined cycle power plant (CCPP) has been in operation since 2016 and is the world’s most efficient power plant of its kind to date. Along with optimal utilization, the combination of gas and steam turbines also ensures climate-friendly energy production. In addition, the ability to use waste heat for district heating increases efficiency.

    Initial situation and requirements

    Block “Fortuna” – or Block “F” for short – exhibits several superlative features. One exceptional feature of the 500-million-euro complex is the electrical power of more than 600 MW that it supplies – the highest electrical output ever generated by a CCPP. The district heating capacity of about 300 MW also
    exceeds all previous quantities produced by cogeneration. Its location near the center of the city permits the power plant to supply district heating to Düsseldorf’s residents, businesses and the second largest industrial region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    Because the district heating supplied to the network
    consumes no additional fuel, it has the same legal statute as renewable energies. Currently the world’s most advanced bridging technology, it will also permit future use of fuel from renewably produced biogas – at a utilization of up to 85%.

  • At the same time, the unit has achieved over 61% net electrical efficiency. Already during its first year of operation, the plant reduced CO2 emissions by 600,000 tons, thereby making a significant contribution to climate protection. In 2025, CO2 emissions will have been reduced by more than 1,000,000 tons.

    Solutions, results

    The “Fortuna” power plant block went into operation on schedule at the end of January 2016. Düsseldorf municipal utilities and Siemens placed their trust in the professional services of TÜV Rheinland. Along with numerous federal statutory regulations that apply throughout Germany, regulations which can vary from one German federal state to another always need to be observed as well.

    Benefits for the client

    • Reduced technical risk
    • On-site inspection conducted during construction, eliminating delays to project progress and completion
    • Consistent and thorough application of high standards through inspection

    Did you know

    With 595 megawatts, the Fortuna power station provides the highest electrical connection ever produced by a single combined cycle block.

    About TÜV Rheinland

    TÜV Rheinland is a worldwide leading independent provider of inspection and testing services with a tradition going back more than 140 years. Its independent specialists stand for quality, efficiency and safety of people, technology and the environment in nearly all aspects of modern life. TÜV Rheinland inspects and tests technical plants and equipment, products and services, and provides support to companies for projects and processes. Its experts train people in many professions and industries. For that purpose, TÜV Rheinland has a global network of certified laboratories, testing facilities and training centers. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact for greater sustainability and against corruption.