The natural gas-fired combined heat and power plant in the Berlin district Marzahn will be completed in 2020 with a capacity to supply around 150,000 Berlin homes with power and district heating. With a fuel efficiency of more than 90 percent the plant will be one of the most efficient heating plants in Europe.
Berlin focus on low-carbon fuels
In May this year, Vattenfall closed the lignite-fired CHP plant in Berlin-Klingenberg three years ahead of the original plan. As a result, Berlin is now the first German federal state to have phased out the use of lignite. Instead the city focuses on low-carbon energy sources for all new construction projects, such as natural gas.
On Wednesday, 11 October, the construction officially started with a cornerstone ceremony with Vattenfall’s country manager for Germany, Tuomo Hatakka, Petra Pau, Vice President of the German Bundestag and Stefan Halberstadt, CFO of the general contractor Siemens Power and Gas Solutions.
"The new CHP plant in Marzahn is one of the key cornerstones for fulfilling our climate protection agreement with the State of Berlin, signed in 2009. With the construction of a state-of-the-art gas and steam turbine plant, we are supporting the State of Berlin to be a pioneer in climate protection and energy efficiency," says Tuomo Hatakka.
Important piece in the puzzle
Together with the likewise gas-fired plant in Berlin-Klingenberg, the CHP Marzahn will form the backbone of the district heating supply in the Eastern part of Berlin with a total of 675,000 households.