Doosan Power Systems and French industrial maintenance specialist Groupe ADF have officially entered an 18-month partnership following the recent award of the major biomass conversion and turbine upgrade project at E.ON’s coal-fired Provence power plant in Gardanne – Meyreuil (13), France. Under a recently signed contract agreement, Doosan will provide the technology and project lead while ADF, as principle subcontractor to Doosan, will be responsible for the assembly of all new equipment at the site. The partnership follows more than 12 months’ successful collaboration during the Gardanne FEED (Front End Engineering & Design) study and bid preparation phases, and will provide a valuable boost to the local economy through the creation of employment opportunities.
The selection of ADF as subcontractor reflects Doosan’s commitment to working in collaboration with local partners and local communities. Headquartered in France’s Fos-Berre basin where it has three major workshops, ADF is a specialist in the maintenance of power generation sites across France and Benelux, providing Doosan with excellent access to the local skills and expertise that will play such a crucial role in the completion of the Gardanne project.
The project will create France’s largest biomass-fired power plant to date as part of the E.ON Group’s “cleaner & better energy” strategy. Generating electricity from the combustion of wood, it will provide 150 MW of power with base production of more than 7,500 hours per year until 2034, corresponding to the annual electrical consumption (except for heating) of 440,000 households. The conversion will reduce the CO2 balance by 600,000 tons per year while helping structure and develop the region’s wood-energy industry.
Conversion works began this summer with scheduled first firing in autumn 2014 and start-up operations commencing early 2015. To meet this demanding schedule, the project will employ an average of 200 people over 18 months.
Commenting on the partnership between the two companies, Jinwon Mok, CEO of Doosan Power Systems SA, said: “Doosan is committed to the European power generation market and that commitment embraces the development of meaningful and successful partnerships with local companies that employ the skills of local communities. ADF brings invaluable local knowledge and skills to this important project and I have no doubt that, working together to a common set of standards and goals, we will ensure the Gardanne project becomes an important reference for both our companies, as well as a flagship asset for the customer, E.ON.”
Doosan and ADF cemented their strong working relationships during the FEED study and bid preparations for Gardanne, where their complementary set of skills were boosted by a common approach to environmental and safety standards, as well as a shared commitment to customer satisfaction.
Marc Eliayan, CEO of ADF said: “This preparatory period allowed us to develop mutual ways of working and fine tune our relationship before the on-site work really starts. There is tremendous synergy between the two companies which is vital to the successful completion of this project. We share the same values, in terms of respect of security, of people, customer satisfaction objectives and always seeking to improve our skills and expertise.”
The Gardanne conversion will be led by Doosan Babcock, with project management expertise supplied by Germany-based CFB (Circulating Fluidised Bed) specialist, Doosan Lentjes, who supplied the original CFB technology and key components for the plant in 1992. At the same time, the company’s turbine specialist, Doosan Škoda Power, will replace the inner steam path of the existing steam turbine to match the new output and enhance plant efficiency. Life-time extension works will be undertaken by Doosan Babcock on the remaining equipment so that the plant is well placed to deliver reliable performance for a further 20 years.
“This project to convert a coal unit into a biomass boiler is a concrete example of E.ON’s development ambition in France. It favours renewable energies directly in line with the Group’s strategy toward “cleaner & better energy” performance. This major industrial investment will bring a contribution of a new kind to the energy transition and to the security of supply of the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur(Paca) region, as well as being a remarkable achievement of Franco-German cooperation”, says Luc Poyer, President of the Board of E.ON France.