In the past, the company had relied on electricity from a nearby coal-fired power plant. But Xu and his colleagues gradually stopped considering this a satisfactory option. Eventually, they decided to generate the power for the company in-house. Since spring 2018, two gas turbines from Siemens Energy installed on the company’s premises generate 15.8 megawatts of energy as well as 38 tons of process steam for the paper-drying process. While these two units are the first of their kind to be installed in China, the model already boasts a proven track record in many different industries worldwide.
Not only do they minimize the firm’s carbon footprint, they also massively reduce energy consumption through increased efficiency. At the same time, the new installation increased the flexibility and reliability of the company’s energy supply. “This is a very significant contribution,” Xu explains. With the new turbines, the company reduced its CO2 emissions from energy by no less than 60 percent while minimizing its energy costs by a fifth.
“We are very happy to make another breakthrough in the market for distributed power generation,” says Yao Zhenguo, Senior Vice President of Siemens Energy, CEO of Siemens Energy Greater China, of the trusting, mutually beneficial business partnership with SOCP. “As a trustworthy partner of China, Siemens Energy will continue to provide its full support to the energy transition.” As such, Shanghai Orient Champion Paper’s move to gas-fired industrial power generation is in line with China’s strategy to transform the energy supply system.