Landesbergen gas-fired power plant

Germany / Gas power / Power plant

The gas-fired power plant is located in Landesbergen in Lower Saxony, Germany.

  • 1972
  • 510 MW
    Installed capacity
  • 2.4 GWh
    Annual production

In 1962, Landesbergen Gas was the first large power station based on natural gas in Germany. The combined cycle power plant was commissioned in 1972 and has a generating capacity of approximately 510 MW.

Statkraft took over the power plant Landesbergen Gas from E.ON Energie at the beginning of 2009.

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.

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 per cent 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).


The Landesbergen gas-fired power plant
The Landesbergen gas-fired power plant. (Photo: Oliver Tjaden)
Company Ownership share
Statkraft  100%

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