Rotterdam, 19 January 2012. As of today, the Netherlands boasts one of Europe's cleanest gas-fired electricity plants.
With the blowing of a steam whistle, the Enecogen plant is today officially put into operation by the CEO’s of DONG Energy and Eneco. The total investment of the plant amounts to 652 million euros.
The Enecogen power plant adds to The Netherlands power production with a production capacity corresponding to the electricity consumption of 1.4 million households. With an efficiency of 59.5% the power plant is the most efficient power plant in The Netherlands. The highly efficient turbines together with the DeNOx installation capturing nitrogen oxides makes Enecogen a clean competitor compared to other gas-fired and especially coal-fired plants.
DONG Energy’s CEO Anders Eldrup states: “We are well on our way to reduce CO2 emissions with 50 per cent by 2020 because of our persistent focus on expanding our offshore wind power capacity and replacing coal with natural gas and biomass. Our investment in Enecogen is a confirmation of this and of our strong commitment to be an active player in the North West European markets.
Eneco’s CEO Jeroen de Haas states: "We are very pleased with this new plant, which is fully in line with our strategy to improve the sustainability of the energy supply. Enecogen improves our ability to balance the fluctuations in the electricity produced by our wind farms. Our wind portfolio now totals nearly 1,000 MegaWatt and our sustainable generating facilities continue to expand. In combination with our own –also new- gas storage facility in Epe (Germany), Eneco has created a sustainable production triangle that combines wind farms, gas plants and gas storage and offers –also for our clients- sustainable benefits.”
About Enecogen – facts and figures
The 870 MegaWatt gas-fired (STEG) plant consists of two identical generating units and has an efficiency of over 59.5%, which is especially high compared with coal-fired plants that have an efficiency of less than 50%. As a result, the Enecogen plant emits substantially less CO2 per unit of electricity. The plant's units are designed to handle 290 starts a year and reach full capacity within approximately 50 minutes. This enables optimal adaptation to fluctuations in electricity demand. The plant was constructed by Siemens and 30 subcontractors within a period of 31 months. Over 800 people in the peak time were responsible for the installation of the 9,700 tons of machinery, 1,000 tons of pipelines, 2,500 tons of steel constructions, 23,000 m3 of concrete and 300 kilometres of cable that form the plant. At Enecogen safety had and will have the highest priority.
Enecogen is an 870 MW, high-efficiency gas-fired electricity plant located in the Europoort area of Rotterdam. Enecogen is a partnership equally owned by Eneco, the Netherlands and DONG Energy, Denmark.
About DONG Energy
DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. The company is headquartered in Denmark. The business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe. In The Netherlands Enecogen adds to DONG Energy’s existing engagement as a co-owner of the nearby LNG terminal and as an energy retailer selling power and natural gas to business customers and private households. The company has approximately 6,000 employees and generated DKK 55 billion (EUR 7.3 billion) in revenue in 2010.
The Eneco group specialises in the production, transmission, trading and supply of energy (electricity, gas and heating & cooling). The Eneco group encompasses the companies Stedin (network management), Joulz (infrastructures) and Eneco (sustainable supply, sustainable generation and sustainable solutions). The Eneco group invests in sustainable energy sources, energy solutions and infrastructure with the aim to keep energy clean, available and affordable in the long term. Eneco group has approximately 7,000 employees, several hundreds of whom work outside the Netherlands. The head office is located in Rotterdam.
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DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. Our business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe.