- Emsland one of the largest power generation sites in Europe
- New 887 MW plant reaches efficiency of almost 60%
The two units of RWE Power’s new combined-cycle gas turbine power station (CCGT) were officially commissioned at Lingen in the north German region of Emsland today. The State Premier of Lower Saxony, Christian Wulff, pressed the start button together with the Mayor of Lingen, Heiner Pott, the District Administrator of Emsland county, Hermann Broering, RWE’s CEO Dr. Juergen Grossmann and the CEO of RWE Power, Dr. Johannes Lambertz. With a capacity of 887 megawatts and an efficiency of almost 60%, the new CCGT power station ranks among the most modern of its kind in the world. The total investment amounts to €500 million. Compared with older power stations, CO2 emissions can be reduced by about 2 million tons per year with the same electricity output. In 2025, the Group intends to generate 75% of its electricity from carbon-neutral or low-carbon plants.
(from the left to the right) Günter Reppien, Chairman of the central works council of RWE Power; Dr. Johannes Lambertz, CEO of RWE Power; Hermann Bröring, District Administrator of Emsland county; Patrick Kron, CEO of Alstom SA; Christian Wulff, State Premier of Lower Saxony; Dr. Jürgen Großmann, CEO of RWE AG; Heiner Pott, Chief Mayor of the city of Lingen
Lower Saxony’s State Premier Christian Wulff stressed the power station’s importance before 200 guests from politics, industry and society: ”RWE’s investment is a clear commitment to the power station site at Lingen, to the Emsland region and to the state of Lower Saxony. Moreover, it is an important contribution to conserving resources and climate protection. More efficient power generation from scarce resources will reduce Germany’s dependence on imported fossil energy sources and will benefit supply security. I hope that more power plant operators will follow this positive example set by RWE”, Wulff said.
Nikolaus Valerius, Head CCGT Lingen and Dr. Jürgen Großmann, CEO of RWE AG
“Our new CCGT plant – the sprinter among the power stations – adds yet another facet to our generation site at Lingen. This shows why Germany needs a balanced energy mix,” RWE’s CEO Juergen Grossmann emphasized. The strong industry in the Osnabrueck-Emsland region also stands to benefit from this. The nuclear power station and the site’s three gas-fired units have a total capacity of 3,200 MW, enough to supply up to 6 million residential households with electricity. Lingen is the perfect partner site for renewable energy. “Renewable energy sources are efficient, but fluctuate heavily and their production costs are high. This is why they need flexible and efficient allies. Gas, but also coal and nuclear energy are a necessary supplement to the wind and sun,” RWE’s CEO went on to say, using an example to illustrate the volatility of renewables: In Germany, the wind power output fed into the grid can vary by some 20,000 MW in the space of 24 hours. Depending on the time of day and season, this is equivalent to between 25 and 50% of current electricity demand. Grossmann: “Flexibility is key. RWE is proving just that at Lingen.”
With the construction of the new gas-fired power station and the retrofitting of the existing CCGT plant, where four new turbines with an investment volume of €200 million are to be added, RWE is providing an important impetus to the industry and labour market. Companies based in the region received orders of about €50 million from the new-build project. In addition, orders in the range of €13 million are awarded every year – medium-sized companies in the Emsland region, will significantly benefit from this. The new power station secures highly qualified jobs locally, but also far beyond the region in the long run. Over 800 people work at RWE's power stations at Lingen. At peak times, another 750 people were working at the construction site of the new power station. They used over 20,000 tons of concrete and installed over 1,500 kilometres of pipework as well as more than 400 kilometres of cables.
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