Laying of foundation stone

Chancellor Merkel and State Premier Rüttgers lay foundation stone for BoA power plant units 2 and 3

  • RWE to build the world’s largest and most modern lignite-fired power plant at Neurath
  • Total investment € 2.2 billion
  • CEO Harry Roels: Important contribution to climate change challenge and boost to the economy


The foundation stone for two units of RWE Power’s lignite-fired power station with optimised plant technology (BoA 2 and 3) was laid at Neurath near Grevenbroich today. The world's largest cuttingedge lignite-based power plant will be built on the site by 2010. German Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Premier Dr Jürgen Rüttgers were received at Neurath by RWE CEO Harry Roels, RWE Power CEO Jan Zilius and Central Works Council Chairman Günter Reppien.

At the ceremony, Roels told the 200 guests, who included personalities from politics, industry and society, that RWE’s Neurath power plant was leading the way in the technological development of power generation processes. “Here at Neurath, we’ll be using the best technology in the world to generate electricity from lignite.” With the decision to invest €2.2 billion in building BoA 2 and 3, RWE is systematically driving forward its power plant renewal programme and making a vital contribution to the future of the Rhenish lignite mining region.

Roels thanked the Chancellor and the State Premier for attending the ceremony and thereby underlining the importance of lignite for Germany’s energy supply and for North Rhine-Westphalia as an economic and industrial centre. He stressed the great importance of the project for sustainable climate protection. BoA technology increases the efficiency of lignite-based power generation by more than 30% compared with older systems and consequently reduces CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour of electricity generated.

Increasing energy efficiency is an important element in RWE’s climate-protection strategy. BoA 2 and 3 will also contribute significantly toward a reliable and secure electricity supply that is independent of foreign sources. The new power plant will provide some 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships in the opencast mines, administration and at the location itself. Construction of both units will provide job opportunities for 4,000 people from the surrounding region and create additional new work opportunities for suppliers. Roels: “With this project – one of Germany’s largest investment schemes – RWE is providing a substantial boost to the economy and the labour market.”


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