Important milestone for Leverkusen CCGT plant: licensing authority makes preliminary determination on emissions

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Repower's planned combined cycle gas turbine plant on the CHEMPARK site in Leverkusen has cleared the first hurdle in the approval process. This Monday, Gisela Walsken, district president in Cologne, officially notified Repower's representatives that the licensing authority had made a preliminary determination on the basis of the statutory emissions requirements.

Kurt Bobst, CEO of Repower, is very satisfied with the authority's decision: "Now all the requirements paving the way for construction and operation of the power plant to be approved have been met." CHEMPARK operator CURRENTA also welcomes the positive response to the request for a preliminary determination on the basis of the Federal Immission Control Act.

In close collaboration with CURRENTA, Swiss energy company Repower is planning to build a combined cycle gas turbine plant (CCGT) on the CHEMPARK site in Leverkusen. Around 25 highly-qualified staff will be required to run the plant. Thanks to environmentally-friendly combined heat and power technology, the CCGT will be capable of more than 80 per cent fuel efficiency, and because it is able to supply neighbouring industrial installations with process steam will be ideally located on the CHEMPARK site. The highly efficient and flexible plant will thus play an important role in the energy future.

But there is still a lot to do and a long way to go before construction can commence. Upcoming milestones include further preparation of the construction site, tender negotiations, and work to prepare connections to the electricity and gas grids.

Now the process of planning the plant on a step-by-step basis within the framework of the project will continue. Particular attention will be paid to the relevant energy policy and environmental issues, something that Daniel Fritsche, CEO of Repower GuD Leverkusen GmbH, also stresses: "It's important for the political decisionmakers to create planning certainty. Investment in such modern and efficient power plants has to be safeguarded in the long term."

Firm decisions will be made on further matters in the course of 2013.
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