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Pilsen steam turbine manufacturer Doosan Škoda Power will supply a steam turbine to Japan for the first time. Doosan Škoda Power has signed a contract to supply a two-core steam turbine for a new biomass-fired power plant in the city of Sodegaura in Chiba Prefecture. It is the company’s first project in Japan, whose energy market was long considered practically inaccessible due to the complete dominance of local manufacturers.
Doosan Škoda Power’s steam turbines are operated in power plants in countries worldwide, with just a few exceptions. Until the beginning of this year, one such exception was Japan, where domestic manufacturers had always supplied the technology for electricity production. Now the excellent technical parameters of Doosan Škoda Power’s turbines and strong support from the Korean parent company, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, have enabled Doosan Škoda Power to penetrate the Japanese market. After technical evaluation by Chiyoda, the prime contractor for the project, Chiyoda and the end user, Osaka Gas Group, chose a manufacturing unit composed of equipment supplied by the Doosan group, including a turbine manufactured in Pilsen.
The machine which will be delivered is a two-core steam turbine, the Doosan Škoda Power 75 MW DST-S10. This configuration enables maximum operational efficiency at the required parameters. The turbine is intended for a new biomass-fired power plant built in compliance with the government programme to build sources of green energy. The programme permits higher electricity price for such green energy and it means that higher power generation efficiency has more competitiveness, which was the decisive factor in winning this contract. The turbine is now being manufactured in the Pilsen plant and the commercial operational launch is scheduled in 2022.
“Thanks to the high technical quality of the equipment we will supply, our success with this project may help us enter the Japanese market. Due to state support, there are currently several similar projects in Japan in various states of preparation. I believe that despite various administrative hurdles and other obstacles, we will once again hold our own in the fierce competition,” says Jaroslav Hejl, Head of Sales – Asia at Doosan Škoda Power for New Build projects.
Doosan Škoda Power is part of a strong group of companies united under the Doosan Group, which supplies leading technologies and services of the highest quality and value to customers all over the world.Doosan Škoda Power is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of power plant equipment, especially steam turbine/generator sets with outputs between 3 and 1,200 MW. The company has extensive experience and references in applications for steam and fossil power plants, CHP plants, nuclear power plants and solar power plants (CSPs), biomass incineration plants etc. Wide range of aftermarket services includes retrofits and modernization (R&M) of existing installed OEM and non-OEM equipment, commissioning and long-term service including spare parts delivery. Annual research and development investments guarantee high quality products that meet specific customer requirements.