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First turbine ever to Japan for Doosan Škoda Power

Czech-headed turbomachinery major Doosan Škoda Power, a Doosan Group subsidiary has announced that it has signed a contract to supply a two-core steam turbine for a new biomass-fired power plant in Sodegaura City in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is the company’s first project in Japan, whose energy market was long considered practically inaccessible due to the complete dominance of domestic manufacturers.

A turbine from Doosan Škoda Power is heading to the Land of the Rising Sun for the first time (photo courtesy Doosan Škoda Power).

Doosan Škoda Power’s steam turbines are operated in power plants in countries worldwide, with just a few exceptions. Until the beginning of this year, one such exception was Japan, where domestic manufacturers had always supplied the technology for electricity production.

According to the company, the “excellent technical parameters” of its turbines and strong support from the South Korean parent company, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, have enabled Doosan Škoda Power to penetrate the Japanese market.

After technical evaluation by Chiyoda Corporation, the prime contractor for the project, Chiyoda and the end-user, Osaka Gas Group, chose a manufacturing unit composed of equipment supplied by the Doosan Group, including a turbine manufactured in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

The machine which will be delivered is a two-core steam turbine, the Doosan Škoda Power 75 MW DST-S10. This configuration enables maximum operational efficiency at the required parameters. The turbine is intended for a new biomass-fired power plant built in compliance with the government programme to build sources of green energy.

The programme permits higher electricity price for such green energy and it means that higher power generation efficiency has more competitiveness, which was the decisive factor in winning this contract. The turbine is now being manufactured in Pilsen with the commercial operational launch of the biomass power plant scheduled in 2022.

Thanks to the high technical quality of the equipment we will supply, our success with this project may help us enter the Japanese market. Due to state support, there are currently several similar projects in Japan in various states of preparation. I believe that despite various administrative hurdles and other obstacles, we will once again hold our own in the fierce competition, said Jaroslav Hejl, Head of Sales Asia at Doosan Škoda Power for New Build projects.

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