K+S, E.ON start up power plant at Germany potash site

06 July 2012 17:27  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--German fertilizer producer K+S and energy firm E.ON have started up a natural gas plant at a K+S potash site in central Germany, they said on Friday.

The station will supply power to K+S’s potash operations at Philippsthal, southeast of the company’s hometown of Kassel.

The unit, with a capacity of 30 megawatt (MW), also produces 80 tonnes of process steam per hour.

It will save about 95,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2)/year, compared with electricity and steam generated in older plants, K+S and E.ON said in a statement.

“The new plant entirely reflects the requirements for potash production in line with the environment; it is the backbone of the modern electricity and process heat supply system at the location in Philippsthal,” they said.

E.ON invested about €50m ($62m) in the plant, which was built next to existing E.ON power facilities.

($1 = €0.81)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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