Lingen combined-cycle gas turbine power plant (CCGT) in the German Emsland region will be taken off the grid from 1 May to 31 August. During this period the plant will not be available for the electricity market. Background: Photovoltaic plants are expected to provide a high-level of electricity during this period. As a consequence, the already low utilization of the power plant will decline further and wholesale market prices are on a very low level, so RWE Generation will respond by temporarily mothballing the plant.
The company has invested some €500 million in this CCGT plant, which only started its commercial operation in September 2010. With a capacity of 876 megawatts and an efficiency of almost 60 percent it is one of the most modern of its kind in the world.
As early as summer last year, RWE Generation had decided to temporarily mothball the two older gas-fired power plants at the Lingen site, Emsland B and C, from the second quarter of 2014. The so-called steam parts of both plants, with a capacity of 360 megawatts each, will be out of operation from 1 April to 30 September. The grid operator has already been notified of all the measures.