Vattenfall says it is demonstrating its commitment to Berlin’s environmental objectives through its plan to develop a combined heat and power plant in the city.

The new $346m new gas-fired combined cycle heat and power plant will be located in the Berlin district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf.

“This decision is a clear commitment to Berlin. With the construction of this CHPP we will fulfil one further topic of the climate protection agreement with the Berlin senate that we signed in October 2009. We are well on track with halving our emissions compared to 1990,” says Tuomo Hatakka, country manager for Vattenfall in Germany.

Euroheat reports that the CHPP will consist of a 260 MW electrical, 230 MW thermal capacity and a fuel efficiency of about 90% will be among the most modern of its kind. The construction works are planned to start in April this year and operation commencement is planned for 2020.

Gunther Müller, spokesperson of the management board of Vattenfall Wärme AG, said: “Our district heating has an important role in achieving climate neutrality in Berlin. The plant will ensure a climate-efficient and reliable district heating supply for the coming decades and will be the base-load power plant for the district heating areas in the Eastern part of the city.”

Source: Decentralised Energy