POSCO Energy started commercial operation of generator No. 1 at the BFG-fired combined cycle power plant with capacity of 145MW.
It plans to operate generator No. 2 in February 2014…expanding capacity to 290MW.
The world’s first combined cycle power plant that uses blast furnace gas (BFG) of steel mill as fuel started its operation.
POSCO Energy (President: Oh Chang-kwan) said on September 11 that it launched commercial operation of high-efficiency and eco-friendly generator No. 1 at the combined cycle power plant (145MW) using BFG emitted by POSCO.
This power plant generates power through mixed combustion of waste gases, such as BFG, Finex off gas (FOG) and coke oven gas (COG).
When the power plant operates its second generator in February 2014 when POSCO begins to operate the third Finex facility, its power capacity will increase to 290MW that can be used by about 420,000 households for a year.
Having adopted combined cycle power system that integrated gas turbine with steam turbine, the new power plant is expected to reduce much more costs and generate higher profits compared to conventional steam power plants.
And it minimized air pollutants by installing nitrogen oxide reduction equipments, and it reduced environment load and power load in the station by installing LED lightings and solar photovoltaic power facilities.
President Oh Chang-kwan of POSCO Energy said, “I am very proud of launching commercial operation of the world’s first generator No. 1 of the combined cycle power plant that uses mixture of BFG and FOG as fuel, two months earlier than original plan. I hope generator No. 2 will be built in safety and operated in success.”
POSCO Energy held the operation launching ceremony on the day in front of generator No. 1 at the BFG-fired combined cycle power plant attended by some 100 executives and employees, including President Oh Chang-kwan, President Lee Jeong-sik of POSCO’s Pohang Steelworks, and President Yu Gwang-jae of POSCO E&C.