Mark-E and Statkraft - energy without frontiers:400 MW CCGT power plant at Herdecke is officially operational

31.10.2007 08.00 | pressrelease

After around two years of construction, the new combined gas and steam turbine power plant in Herdecke (North Rhine-Westphalia) was officially put into operation on Wednesday 31 October 2007 at a ceremony attended by 400 guests.

  • German-Norwegian co-operation partners invest EUR 200 million
  • Highly efficient technology provides almost 60 per cent efficiency
  • Annual saving of 1 m tonnes of CO2 compared to coal-fired power plant
  • CCGT plant livens up competition in the market for generating capacity

The highly efficient and environmentally-friendly power plant is a joint project by Mark-E Aktiengesellschaft (Hagen) and Statkraft AS (Oslo). With an output of around 400 megawatts (MW), the plant achieves a level of efficiency of almost 60 per cent. Compared to a modern coal power plant, it helps the environment by saving around a million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from power generation. The energy service provider Mark-E from North-Rhine Westphalia and the Norwegian energy company Statkraft have invested around EUR 200 million in the new power plant on the Harkortsee.

The project to construct the combined gas and steam turbine power plant was implemented as part of a joint venture in which Statkraft and Mark-E are equal partners. Mark-E was responsible for project development and implementation and will be responsible for operational management from now on. A long-term supply partnership to provide the CCGT plant with natural gas has been contractually agreed with Wingas GmbH. The power plant was constructed by Siemens Power Generation as the principal contractor.

In front of guests from the fields of politics and business, including Helmut Diegel, Arnsberg Regional President and Prof. Klaus Töpfer, former Federal Minister for the Environment and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Statkraft CEO Bård Mikkelsen and Mark-E Chairman Dr. Rüdiger Bäumer emphasised the excellent collaboration of the companies in the planning and construction phase. Dr. Bäumer pointed out the high importance of the project for Mark-E. The company is strengthening its position as the largest independent energy service provider in North-Rhine Westphalia which generates its own electricity. The power plant is also livening up the competition in the market for generating capacity. With the environmentally-friendly plant run on natural gas, Mark-E is adding to its portfolio of power plants which now has a total generation output of around 1,200 MW from hard coal, natural gas, biomass and hydroelectric power.

Bård Mikkelsen, the Statkraft CEO, emphasised that it is the vision of Statkraft to be a leader in environmentally-friendly energy generation in Europe. Today they have taken another important step in this direction. For Statkraft, the 400 MW plant is a strategic component in the expansion of generating capacity in continental Europe. In addition to its involvement at Herdecke, the company has recently put into operation a 800 MW gas and steam power plant in the Cologne suburb of Hürth.

Hagen, 31 October 2007

Partner profile

Mark-E Aktiengesellschaft, Hagen
Mark-E is the energy and infrastructure service provider for the Märkischer Kreis region of southern North Rhine-Westphalia and has been a member of the Energieverbund der Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG, SEWAG (Energy Association for Southern Westphalia Energy and Water) since 1 January 2007. The aim of the SEWAG is to ensure a high-output and reliable regional supply of energy as a competitive regional energy association. Mark-E Aktiengesellschaft, Stadtwerke Lüdenscheid GmbH and municipal network company SEWAG Netze GmbH all belong to the SEWAG with its around 1,500 employees. In 2006 Mark-E supplied around 7.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to over 230,000 private and business customers, 1,300 industrial customers and electricity trading partners. Furthermore, Mark-E supplies customers with district heating, heat and process steam and also gas and drinking water to those in Hagen. Mark-E is one of the largest regional energy providers in North-Rhine Westphalia which generates its own electricity. With a total output of over 1,200 megawatts, the company produces around 3.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year from gas, hard coal, biomass and hydroelectric power at its own power plants at Werdohl-Elverlingsen, Herdecke, Hagen-Kabel and Finnentrop-Rönkhausen.

Statkraft AS, Oslo/Norway

The Statkraft Group is a leading player in Europe within renewable energy. The Group generates hydropower, wind power and district heating and constructs gas power plants in Norway and Germany. Statkraft is a major player on the European energy exchanges. In Norway the company supplies electricity and heat to around 600,000 customers through its shareholdings in other companies. In 2006 Statkraft recorded a profit after tax of NOK 6.3 billion, and employed more than 2,100 employees in nine countries. The world needs pure energy. Statkraft works to deliver this every day.