13 June 2013 17:49 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Norway’s power company Statkraft on Thursday inaugurated a 430 megawatt (MW) combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) powerplant at the Knapsack chemical park near Cologne, Germany – its second CCGT plant at the site.
Statkraft already has an 800MW CCGT facility at Knapsack. Construction at the second plant started in 2011.
Cologne’s local newspaper, the Kolner Stadtanzeiger, reported that Statkraft would not immediately start up the new plant because of current high natural gas costs and relatively low electricity demand and prices in Germany.
The company expects to start operations in autumn, when demand from industrial users and households is expected to pick up, the paper reported, citing Statkraft’s head of production for Germany and Great Britain.
A Statkraft media official could not immediately be reached for additional comment.
Chemical firms at Knapsack include Bayer, LyondellBasell, CABB Chemicals and Vinnolit, among others.
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