Knapsack I and II gas-fired power plants

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The Knapsack gas power plants are situated at Hürth-Knapsack outside Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

  • 2007
  • 1,230 MW
    Installed capacity
  • 3,943 GWh
    Annual production

Knapsack I is the first of two gas power plants built by Statkraft in Germany and was commissioned in autumn 2007. In 2013 Knapsack II started operating after only two years of construction.


Knapsack I

Two gas turbines and one steam turbine provide a combined installed capacity of about 800 MW.

Knapsack II

One gas turbine and one steam turbine provide an installed capacity of 430 MW. The plant could power the equivalent of 500,000 households.


Both Knapsack I and Knapsack II have an energy efficiency of approximately 60 per cent.

Gas-fired power plants are one of the few types of power plants capable of peak load, which means that they can be upgraded to peak performance in just a few minutes if necessary. If the weather conditions are not favourable and a potential shortage is expected, there is a need to rely on such flexible solutions instead of coal-fired or nuclear power plants. During the transition to 100% renewable energy, gas power can therefore balance renewable energy when and where hydropower or network interconnectors are not available.

Our production is compliant under the EU Emission Trading System, and in alignment with our pledge to UN Climate Neutral Now, emissions are fully compensated with European Emission Allowances (EUAs).

Comapany Ownership share
Statkraft 100%
  • gas-fired power plant
    Oliver Tjaden

    Knapsack II gas-fired power plant

  • Gas tubine
    Oliver Tjaden

    A gas turbine at Knapsack II gas-fired power plant

  • Knapsack I

    Knapsack I gas-fired power plant

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