E.ON today opened a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Hungary, the country’s most up-to-date, they claim.
The company has invested approximately €400 million into the plant and has a capacity of 433MW.
CCGT plants are suited to speedily and flexibly balancing out load fluctuations in the grid which arise from the increasing, but non-predictable, feeding-in of wind and solar energy. Because of these advantages some in the industry think CCGT makes an effective contribution to the expansion of renewable energies.
The second largest electricity generator in the UK, E.ON has CCGT plants with a total capacity of approximately 7,500MW.
Jørgen Kildahl, of E.ON said: “The CCGT plants in Europe and Russia which have already commenced operations or are set to be completed shortly are enabling us to expand our generating capacities by approximately 9,500 megawatts. It’s important to emphasize that all our new CCGT plants are at the top of the table in their respective countries in terms of both efficiency and climate care.”
E.ON are awaiting commissioning for four further CCGT plants, with a combined capacity of more than 2,100 megawatts. They include the Irsching 4 CCGT plant and two large plants in Russia.