Thorold Cogeneration Project - Thorold, Ontario
Located 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and just west of Lake Ontario, the Thorold Cogeneration Project is a 265-megawatt combined cycle cogeneration facility that will provide power to more than 100,000 Ontario homes, businesses and provides both steam and power to the existing Abitibi Bowater Paper Mill.
The VKM team was awarded the contract to provide detailed design, procurement, fabrication, construction, start-up, commissioning and performance testing for the project. The plant, which is enclosed in a sound-attenuated building to meet strict noise requirements, features a GE 7FA gas turbine and a Siemens SST-900-RH steam turbine. Other equipment includes an Alstom heat recovery steam generator and two Foster Wheeler auxiliary boilers.
The project included the demolishment of existing equipment and facilities of the old steam plant and the installation of the new facilities while the plant was in continuous operation. Only small shut-down periods were provided for the critical tie-in points on all system interfaces.
The project finished on budget and ahead of schedule.