Ownership: 100 %
Power: 510 MW
In 1962, the power plant Robert Frank in Landesbergen in Lower Saxony was the first large power station based on natural gas in Germany. The combined cycle power plant was commissioned in 1973 and has a generating capacity of approximately 510 MW. At the beginning of 2009, Statkraft took over the power plant Robert Frank from E.ON Energie.
In order to achieve higher efficiency the plant operates by combining gas and steam turbines. Exhaust produced by burning gas in combination with compressed air turns the gas turbine. The remaining heat of approximately 420 °C in the gas turbine exhaust is used to generate steam which drives a steam turbine. In this way two power sources drive the generator which ultimately produces electricity. The combined plant has a net efficiency of 43 per cent.