Dow Corning's site at Barry in the UK, is one of the company’s largest manufacturing facilities. Silicone production started in Barry in 1952, initially by Midland Silicones and then Dow Corning in 1971. Continued investment throughout the decades has made the Barry site one of the most advanced facilities in the world for the production of silicon-based materials.
Today the site’s 500 plus employees manufacture and distribute high quality silicon-based materials to customers in Europe and other parts of the world. Silicone fluids, rubber and specialty polymers made in Barry are used in a wide variety of applications, from cosmetics to car airbag coatings and construction sealants.
The CHP plant was built in two phases to coincide with the development of Dow Corning’s chemical plant. It comprises 28MWe of gas and steam turbine generation plant with multiple high pressure waste heat recovery boilers and low pressure boilers, providing a total of 250 tonnes per hour steam capacity.
ENGIE has a long term contract to operate and maintain the combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre at Dow Corning’s facility in Barry, South Wales.
The energy centre comprises a gas and steam turbine CHP, multiple high pressure waste heat recovery boilers and low pressure boilers. It is capable of generating 250 tonnes of steam per hour and up to 28 MW of electricity. The heat and electrical efficiencies achieved qualify as ‘good quality CHP’ under the CHP Quality Assurance Programme.
ENGIE will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of water treatment systems which provide boiler feed water and treated water to the site.