St Louis Power Station Redevelopment Project nearing completion phase
October 04, 2017
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GIS - 04 October, 2017: The Central Electricity Board (CEB) is currently undertaking a major redevelopment of the St Louis Power Station in view of ensuring adequate power generation capacity to meet the increase in the demand of electricity. The project, to the tune of Rs 4.2 billion, has nearly reached its completion phase with four engines operating under a reliability testing.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, effected a site visit yesterday at the new St Louis Power Station. The objective was to take stock of progress of works and ensure that the new engines are of the state-of-the-art technology which comply with prevailing environmental norms as regards noise and air emissions as well as vibrations.
On this occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister recalled that a feasibility study was conducted by an expert from the World Bank following which the retirement of old and less efficient Pielstick units and the commissioning of new medium-speed engines were recommended. The new plant, he added, will generate some 200 GWh annually and will integrate variable renewable energy such as wind and solar into CEB's grid.
He underlined the importance of timely implementation of additional generating capacity and energy-related infrastructure to address the issue of power shortage. The new station will help lower various environmental impacts of electricity generation, he further added.
The St Louis Power Station redevelopment project consists of the construction of a new powerhouse for the installation of four Heavy Fuel Oil diesel generating sets of a total capacity of 67.4 MW. The project also comprises a 66kV gas-insulated substation, a tank farm of two heavy fuel oil storage tanks and a fuel oil treatment plant. The plant is equipped with modern features optimised for low noise and air emissions, waste heat recuperation and waste incinerations amongst others.