21 May 2014 17:11 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik has broken ground on a new 60 megawatt (MW) combined-cycle gas- and steam power plant at its chemicals production hub in Marl, north of Essen in North-Rhine Westphalia state, the Germany-based specialty chemicals major said on Wednesday.
The plant will be built by utility major E.ON and is expected to come into service towards the end of 2015. Evonik announced plans for the project in June 2013.
The power plant will replace a coal-based power unit at Marl, thus contributing to Evonik’s target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 12% by 2020, from 2012 levels.
The Marl site currently gets electricity and steam from three power plants consisting of a total of five generating units. The new plant will replace the oldest of these units.
Evonik did not disclose how much it is investing in the new plant. A number of German chemical firms have been investing in onsite power generation plants to help retain their international competitiveness amid the country's high electricty costs.
Additional reporting by Franco Capaldo
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