Aghios Dimitrios Power Plant is a coal power plant located near Agios Dimitrios, Kozani, between the town of Kozani and Ellispontos village, about 125 km west from Thessaloniki the major city in the northern part of Greece.

Aghios Dimitrios Power Plant is the largest Greek power plant. The plant has a total capacity of 1,585 MW being 2×300 MW (units I and II), 2×310 MW (units III and IV) and 1×365 MW (unit V). It burns lignite exploited in the opencast mines of the Lignite Center of Western Macedonia in the Ptolemais-Amynteo region, the main coal mining area in Greece.

Owner of the station is the Public Power Corporation (PPC).

Agios Dimitrios Coal Power Plant Unit V

Unit V was added to the existing four units of the Aghios Dimitrios plant to be connected to the 400 kV outdoor switchgear to increase the supply energy to the Greek national transmission grid. It is a unit of 350 MW electric, plus 70 MW thermal for district heating purposes.

On 1993 PPC awarded the contract for the supply and installation of Unit V to the consortium of the companies Ansaldo GIE (consortium leader - Italy, at present (2008) Ansaldo Energia a Finmeccanica Company), Austrian Energy and Environment SGP/Waagner-Biro GMBH (Austria) and AEGEK (Greece).

Main steps of the contract execution were:

- Cooling tower completion - November 1995

- 6 kV initial electrification - August 1996

- Boiler first ignition - February 1997

- Unit first synchronization - May 1997

- Official opening - October 1997

- Commercial operation - December 1997

On May 1995 the Kozani area suffered an earthquake of 6.6 degree of Richter scale which affected the smooth progress of the works.

Contract and project management

The contract was signed on March 31, 1993 by Th. Xanthopoulos PPC general manager, Vincenzo Vadacca Ansaldo GIE managing director, Heinz Zaunschirm and Helmuth Palzer A.E. & E./Waagner-Biro directors and John Triadafillou AEGEK managing director.

For the contract performance phase, the management of the project was provided by a project team composed by Roberto Pisani as project director appointed by the consortium leader Ansaldo GIE and Klaus Zink and Costas Latsenere as project managers appointed by A.E. & E. and AEGEK respectively. At the plant, Salvatore Brozzas and Giorgio Simoncin were appointed by the consortium leader as site and start-up managers interfacing with S. Spaniolas the Unit V construction manager of PPC. Project activities were supported by Vincenzo Gaiaschi and Konstantinos Keramidas in the consortium office of Athens led by Giorgio Mazzoni. Ansaldo GIE, consortium leader, played also the role of plant architect engineer assigning to Roberto Masi this duty as project engineer.

On October 18, 1997 the unit was officially opened at the presence of Costas Simitis Prime Minister of Greece, Enrico Pietromarchi Italian ambassador in Greece, Fabrizio Pignatelli Italian consul at Thessaloniki and other representatives of the Greek parliament and local authorities.

Scope of supply

Object of the contract between PPC and the Consortium was the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, transportation, installation, testing, putting in operation and delivery of one lignite-fired steam electric unit of 350 Mwe plus 70 MWth in Aghios Dimitrios plant, including the design, engineering, construction and supervision of the civil works.

The project included the following main equipment, systems and works:

- One steam turbine generating unit with condensing system and feedwater heating system (Ansaldo GIE), - One lignite-fired steam generating unit (boiler) (A.E. and E.), - The main and auxiliary power transformers (Ansaldo GIE) - Civil works (AEGEK) - FD and ID fans (Ansaldo GIE) - Electrostatic precipitators (A.E. and E.) - Ash handling system (A.E. and E.) - Lignite handling system (A.E. and E.) - Central heating air conditioning (AEGEK) - Fire detection system (Ansaldo GIE) - Waste water treatment (AEGEK) - Demi water storage (AEGEK) - Electrical equipment (Ansaldo GIE / A.E. and E.) - I&C (Ansaldo GIE / A.E. and E.) - District heating plant (Ansaldo GIE).

Greek companies as Aspate, Mekasol, Metka e Rodax participated in the construction of the unit as subcontractors of the three consortium members.