Joint Press Release
E.ON and Evonik Industries have officially put a highly efficient combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant at the Marl chemical park into operation. The power plant was developed, financed and built by E.ON Connecting Energies and will be operated by Evonik. It replaces an old coal-fired unit. With this project the partners ensure the cost-efficient and environmentally friendly supply of energy to the Marl chemical park, one of Europe’s largest integrated chemical industry sites and the largest production site operated by Evonik.
The innovative plant with its combined heat and power generation technology has a power generating capacity of 60 megawatts and a thermal capacity of 100 megawatts. The fuel utilization rate is 89 per cent, which helps to save some 280,000 tons of CO2 annually – roughly equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced by a town of 30,000 inhabitants per year.
“The CCGT power plant in Marl shows what the new energy world is about, and it is proof of our capability to deliver the tailor-made customer solutions that are part of E.ON’s new strategy. Energy-intensive companies can now make substantial energy savings in an environmentally friendly way. We will continue to push ahead with distributed energy generation in Germany together with, and for, our customers,” said Leonhard Birnbaum, Member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE.
“The new CCGT plant is a major step in the structural renewal of our power station fleet in Marl,” said Thomas Wessel, Member of the Executive Board of Evonik. “By investing in modern technology we help to ensure the future competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location. With this highly efficient plant we also contribute to the political objective of increasing the share of power produced by combined heat and power plants in Germany from the current level of 16 percent of 25 per cent in 2020.”
For decades the specialty chemicals company has been generating most of the electricity needed on site. The new CCGT plant replaces a coal-fired unit, making it an important building block in meeting the public service obligation. It allows the 100 or so production plants to be supplied even more efficiently with steam at the standard pressures as well as power at the required current and voltage levels. The greater flexibility in comparison to the previous coal-fired unit and the reduced dependence on coal in the fuel mix also strengthens the chemical park’s competitiveness.
“It’s good to see the chemical park in Marl strengthened by this investment into the future. This investment in efficient and environmentally friendly technology shows yet again that retaining and promoting industrial structures and improving the environmental situation do not have to be mutually exclusive,” remarked Cay Süberkrüb, councilor for the Recklinghausen district, on the commissioning of the new power plant.
“Today is a good day for Marl and the region,” said the major of Marl, Werner Arndt. “The new combined-cycle gas turbine power plant not only supplies district heat to the town of Marl but also plays an important part in the energy supply of the chemical park and hence in strengthening Marl’s role as an industrial location with over 10,000 jobs and apprenticeship training positions, which are indispensable for our town and our region.”
With their CCGT plant Evonik and E.ON have been included in the list of achievements of KlimaExpo.NRW for their contribution to climate protection. During the official commissioning ceremony of the CCGT plant, Heinrich Dornbusch, KlimaExpo.NRW’s Managing Director, presented the certificate and medal to Evonik.
Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2015 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around €13.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.47 billion.
As a subsidiary of the E.ON Group, E.ON Connecting Energies specializes in integrated energy solutions for commercial, industrial and public-sector customers. The company offers tailored solutions in energy efficiency, on-site generation, virtual power plants, flexibility and battery storage. As an energy partner, E.ON Connecting Energies delivers life-time cost savings as well as lasting reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions.This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by E.ON Group Management and other information currently available to E.ON. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development, or performance of the company and the estimates given here. E.ON SE does not intend, and does not assume any liability whatsoever, to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.