Russian producer opts for GE on-site power technology

With more Russian industries turning to on-site power technologies to reduce their operational costs and increase their energy security, state-owned vegetable supplier Teplichnoe will install three GE (NYSE: GE
NASDAQ: GE) natural gas-fired, ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher cogeneration units at its greenhouse production facilities in the city of Saransk, 650 km east of Moscow.

Teplichnoe is one of the main suppliers of vegetables as well as canned and dried food in the Mordovia Republic. As part of its plans to boost output at its production facilities, the company is building the new energy center to provide more reliable and cost-effective on-site power and heat for its vegetable production facilities.

Three of GE’s 1 MW J320 Jenbacher gas engines will power Teplichnoe’s new energy center. The units will provide heat to the food company’s massive greenhouse facility while the electricity from the plant will support other production activities at the site.

GE will ship its Jenbacher units to Saransk during the second quarter of 2012. Scheduled to begin operating in the third quarter of 2012, the new cogeneration plant will utilize a design that offers capacity for future expansion. The project is being supported by ZAO INTMA, one of GE’s authorized distributors for Jenbacher gas engines in the Russian Federation.

“When we decided we needed a more cost-effective, high-quality, on-site supply of electricity and heat to support our production facilities, we selected GE’s Jenbacher cogeneration technology because it has a proven record of reliability and efficiency that we require to achieve our operational and competitive goals,” said Sergey Ruzankin, the deputy manufacturing director of State Unitary Enterprise Greenhouse complex Teplichnoe.

Teplichnoe is among a growing number of Russian companies that are looking to improve the reliability of their energy supplies and achieve greater savings through the use of distributed power generation.

“Our Jenbacher cogeneration project with Teplichnoe illustrates how GE’s energy management solutions are enabling food and beverage companies throughout the world to understand their energy demand requirements and then identify potential savings through the use of more efficient generation and transmission technologies,” said Cristiano Tortelli, president and CEO for GE Energy, CEE, Russia & CIS.

The Russia-CIS region represents an important growth market for GE as more customers embrace various distributed power applications—including industrial cogeneration—to bring the sources of energy generation closer to end users and improve local energy security.

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