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Steam turbine destined for Japanese biomass plant begins journey

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The first steam turbine in history made by Doosan Škoda Power (DSP) left the gates of the production facility in Pilsen, Germany, and successfully arrived at the Port of Hamburg.

The turbine is destined for Sodegaura in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture, to the construction site of a new biomass power plant. Both turbine casings of the DSP 75 MW DST-S10 have been pre-assembled to reduce installation time on site.

According to DSP, it was a “big challenge” for transport experts facing the changing navigability conditions of the river chosen for the transport of the 150-tonne turbine from the Port of Lovosice to the Port of Hamburg. Due to “unfavourable” climatic conditions, with snow and rain potentially impacting the journey, the cargo was shipped in February.

On-site implementation, including installing and setting up the turbine, is scheduled to begin in September. After other construction and operational components of the power plant are assembled, testing will take place in late 2021/early 2022, with operations being gradually launched. The plant is expected to be handed over for commercial use in June 2022.



Image: The heaviest IP/LP steam turbine casing (150 tonnes) loading in the Port of Lovosice. Credit: Doosan Škoda Power