Siemens starts work on power plant at German Knapsack chemical park

12 July 2011 16:10  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Siemens has started construction work at a 430 megawatt gas and steam power plant at Germany’s Knapsack chemical production park near Cologne, the industrial and technology group said on Tuesday.

Siemens said the plant, for Norwegian energy firm Statkraft, is expected to start up in 2013, supplying chemicals firms and other users with power and steam.

The power plant, with its low carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen emissions, will have “high importance” following Germany’s decision to exit nuclear power by 2022, Lothar Balling, head of gas power project at Siemens, said.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Chemical firms at Knapsack include Bayer, LyondellBasell, CABB Chemicals and Vinnolit, among others.

In related news, Germany-based utility firm Trianel said last week it had scrapped plans for a coal-power facility at the Krefeld chemical park but may instead build a gas and steam power plant at the site.

Germany’s chemicals producers group VCI has warned that the country is facing a big challenge as it abandons nuclear energy.

Chemicals producers remain worried about reliable and affordable electricity supplies to run their plants and stay competitive on international markets.

For more on Bayer and LyondellBasell visit ICIS company intelligence


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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