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Work On Knapsack II Power Plant Begins

Posted on July 12, 2011

Siemens has started working on the turnkey erection of the Knapsack II combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) at Hürth near Cologne, Germany.

While Siemens and Statkraft, a Norwegian power supply company, had already concluded a contract to build the plant in September 2010, the project was conditional on obtaining planning permission, which was still pending at that time. After preplanning over the past few months, regional authorities in Cologne have now granted the final building permission and operating license. The power plant is scheduled to commence operation in 2013.

Knapsack II CCPP is being constructed in Hürth’s chemical industry park and will have an installed generating capacity of about 430 MW. Siemens is delivering a Model SGT5-4000F gas turbine, an SST5-5000 steam turbine, and a SGen5-2000H electrical generator, as well as the complete electrical equipment and SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system. The main components are arranged in a single-shaft configuration.

“Construction of this plant is very significant in view of the energy reforms in Germany,” said Lothar Balling, head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions at Siemens. “Thanks to its high degree of flexibility and low CO2 and nitrous oxide emissions, this power plant can compensate for sudden outages due to fluctuations in wind and solar power both quickly and in an environmentally friendly manner.”

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