EnBW’s Karlsruhe gas-fired power plant ‘not economically feasible’

German utility EnBW is to shut down its gas-fired power plant in Karlsruhe, referring to the operation as ‘not economically feasible’.

The company say the RDK 4S plant run in conjunction with Karlsruhe municipality will be removed from operations ‘as soon as legally possible.’

The decision of the EnBW Board of Management is still subject to the approval of the EnBW Supervisory Board and the Supervisory Board of Stadtwerke Karlsruhe, which have a 25 per cent share of ownership in the plant.
In a statement the company cited ‘the persistently low current price level’ adding that ‘conventional power plants in Germany are under strong economic pressure.’

 EnBW said it is therefore regularly assessing its entire conventional power plant economy for profitability. Since 2014 the company announced the closure of six power plant blocks in Marbach, Walheim and Heilbronn due to lack of profitability.

The remaining power plant blocks at the site (RDK 7 and RDK 8) are not affected by the decommissioning decision and since RDK 4S is not used for district heating, this will be maintained from the Karlsruhe campus.

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