The APK group (AgroPromKomplektatsiya), one of the leading agricultural enterprises in the swine, beef and milk market in Russia recently commissioned its newest meat processing plant called KMPZ at Kursk, with combined heat and power back boning its operations.
In spring 2016 the company increased the capacity of the plant in order to process 5,000 cattle daily, one of the highest meat processing capacities worldwide.
The “state of the art” facility is operated in closed cycles that reduce residue production to a minimum, improving resource efficiency and keep pace with modern sustainability standards.
To grant a permanent energy supply and quality, ETW developed a customized CHP solution able to deliver the demanded electricity, heat and steam, independently from the grid. In 2012 ETW provided a similar system, reducing energy expenditures by 40%.
The new equipment comprises three CHPs with 2 MW capacity, producing a total of 6 MW power and 3,021 MWth power, fuelled by natural gas and expanded by three steam boilers. These are hybrid steam boilers that run on both, exhaust heat and natural gas, producing up to 14.7 tonnes of additional process steam.
To overcome the very unstable grid supply, ETW designed the energy system to be operated parallel to the grid and in island mode. In case of a grid failure, the CHPs automatically switch to island mode without shutting down the APK meat production. Once the grid is back in stable conditions, the CHPs can be re-synchronized automatically due to a customized automation system developed by ETW.