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BPC Engineering Commissioned Microturbine CHP Plant for Cardiac Center in Minsk

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Nov 29, 2016

An advanced microturbine power plant was commissioned in Minsk for the Scientific and Practical Center «Cardiology» of the Ministry of Health of Belarus. BPC Engineering was the main contractor for the project performing generating equipment supply (microturbines with integrated heat recovery modules), installation supervision and pre-commissioning. This installation is crucial in securing uninterruptible operation of the center. The opening ceremony participants included Mikhail Malashenko, the Deputy Chairman the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology and the Director of the Energy Efficiency Department, Igor Tur, the Head of the Minsk Administration for the Rational Use of Fuel and Energy Resources, and Dmitry Plashkov, the Head of Power Department of the Urban Administration for Utilities and Power Generation. In his inaugural address Alexander Mrochek, MD, the Director of the Center, emphasized that the new power plant will eliminate any risks of blackouts that can fatal in the cardiac center.

The CHP plant plant comprises three microturbines, 65-kW each, with integrated heat recovery modules and booster compressors. The plant's total power output is 196 kW and thermal output is 345 kW. CHP (combined heat and power) operation increases efficiency of fuel consumption and cuts expenses for heat that is used for hot water supply and heating. Microturbines run in parallel with the utility grid and cover almost 60% the center's power demand including such vital loads as intensive care and surgical units. In case of blackouts power generating units automatically switch into standalone mode and supply protected loads with power until the grid restores. High quality of the generated power ensures smooth functioning of complex and expensive medical equipment. Besides that, the on-site plant features excellent load flexibility in the range from 0% to 100% providing the most efficient operation mode depending on current demand. The low-maintenance equipment does not require extensive service works and large quantity of spare parts. Maintenance is carried out only each 8 000 running hours. Excellent environmental features, low noise level and absence of vibrations allowed for the installation on the territory of the Cardiac Center without additional exhaust handling and noise-insulation systems, thus, reducing capital costs of the facility.