Claus Power plant
The Claus Power Plant in Maasbracht is one of RWE Generation's larger generation facilities.
The Claus Power Plant in Maasbracht in the Netherlands originally consisted of the two identical gas-fired generating units A and B which date back to the 1970s. Since then, Claus B has been totally modernised and has become Claus C. Claus C was officially opened on the 26th of June 2012, but for economic reasons, on the 1st of July 2014 was temporarily taken out of operation and conserved. Since that time the facility has not been available to the electricity market. A limited number of operating hours, in combination with very low wholesale prices do not allow profitable operation.
This is mainly as a result of the impact of the German energy transition on the Dutch market. A significant increase in renewable energy from Germany has resulted in overcapacity on the Dutch electricity grid. Decisions in respect of Claus C, mean that as from the 1st of July 2014, there will temporarily be no more energy production at the Maasbracht power plant.
RWE has plans to also modify Claus A (into Claus D), because we anticipate that as well as coal-fired power stations, highly efficient gas-fired power plants will play an important role in an affordable, available and sustainable energy supply to Europe. A notification of intent regarding this was published in April 2012 as the first step towards requesting a permit in the Netherlands.
Claus Power Plant C
Claus Power Plant C is a so-called STEG unit- an acronym for Steam and Gas Turbine. At the power plant there are three gas turbine generators and the steam turbine generator from Claus B which is being re-used. The production process for generating electricity starts with the combustion of natural gas in the gas turbines. The combustion gases expand in the turbine which then drives a generator in which electricity is produced. The hot flue gases from the three gas turbines heat water in three waste heat boilers, which then turns into steam. This steam sets the steam turbine in motion and this in turn ensures that the connected generator starts to produce electricity. The steam that can no longer be used for generating power at the end of this process is cooled down and turned into water again, which can be re-used.
Linne Hydroelectric Power Plant
The Linne Hydroelectric Power Plant is located just a few kilometres away from the Claus Power Plant. This power plant, on the Maas river, has a capacity of 11 megawatts. The power plant has four Kaplan water turbines and produces enough green power each year for approximately 9,000 households. A fish ladder has been installed for migratory species of fish.
- The Claus Power Plant is named after HRH Prince Claus who officially opened the power plant in 1978.
- Claus C was built using the latest technology and also re-uses the steam turbine and cooling water facilities from the former Claus B.
- Claus C has a capacity of 1304 MWe.
- Claus C has an efficiency of 58.5 percent.
- We have advanced plans to also modernise Claus A and turn it into Claus D.
- Linne Hydroelectric Power Plant has a capacity of 11 megawatts and produces electricity for 9,000 households each year.
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