Niehl 3 CHP unit connects to German grid

Alstom and RheinEnergie have synchronised the new gas-fired Niehl 3 combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Cologne with the German transmission  grid.

Niehl 3 (CHP unit pictured) will generate 453 MWe and up to 265 MWth – enough to supply up to one million households with electricity and around 30,000 households with district heating. With overall fuel efficiency of around 85%, commercial operations are planned to commence in spring 2016.

The Niehl 3 plant is based on Alstom’s KA26 combined-cycle plant design.

‘With our new power plant, we are investing in the creation of a future-proof infrastructure which will secure the heat supply of thousands of households – locally and completely emission-free. Furthermore, Niehl 3 makes a significant contribution to the energy transition.

'When the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine, the plant’s high operational flexibility ensures we can contribute to the security of electricity supply,’ said Dr Dieter Steinkamp, chair of the board of RheinEnergie.

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