June 3, 2024

RWE awards to Técnicas Reunidas and Ansaldo Energia the project for a hydrogen-ready combined cycle plant in Germany

  • Further to the communication made by RWE last May 29th (see RWE press release), Técnicas Reunidas informs that it has been awarded, in consortium with Ansaldo Energia, the project for a large hydrogen-ready combined cycle plant with a nominal capacity of 800 MW at the RWE’s Gersteinwerk site, in the Münster region.
  • This project follows another one of the same type and capacity that RWE plans for its Weisweiler site, which was also awarded last year to a consortium consisting of Técnicas Reunidas and Ansaldo Energia.
  • With both plants, RWE intends to contribute to the decommissioning of all coal-fired power plants that the German government foresees to complete by 2030.

RWE, one of the leading European power producers, has awarded to a consortium consisting of Técnicas Reunidas and Ansaldo Energia the project for the construction of a large 800 MW hydrogen-ready combined cycle plant (CCGT) at the Gersteinwerk site, in the Münster region, according to the communication made last May 29th (see RWE press release).

The plant will be able to use 50%_vol hydrogen at the time of its commissioning, planned for 2030, and exclusively hydrogen later on. 

This facility is part of RWE’s ongoing effort to contribute to the German government’s plan to complete the decommissioning of all coal-fired power plants, ideally to be achieved by 2030.

This CCGT is of the same type and capacity as the one that RWE is planning for its Weisweiler site, in the Rhineland region, which the German company also awarded to a consortium of Técnicas Reunidas and Ansaldo Energia last year.

According to the recently presented plans for the construction of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany, the Gersteinwerk plant will be located close to a hydrogen transport pipeline in the future. 

The German government has announced that its power plant strategy will soon include a regulatory framework for the tendering of hydrogen-ready gas-fired power plants.

The approval planning services for the plant are already underway by the consortium formed by Técnicas Reunidas and Ansaldo Energia. 

The scope of Técnicas Reunidas’ works will include the design engineering of the project, the supply of equipment and the construction, commissioning and start-up of the plant. 

Ansaldo Energia will supply the gas turbine and the steam turbine, their corresponding generators, the heat recovery boiler and other equipment.

Gonzalo Pardo, Director of Energy Transition Business Development at Técnicas Reunidas, has stressed that this project “is part of the solid experience accumulated by our company in the development of facilities using new fuels, such as hydrogen, which are essential for the energy transition. It is also an example of the strong boost that we are currently giving to our decarbonisation activities, mainly through track, our new energy transition strategy, launched last year. Furthermore, our efforts in this area of activity are going to be substantially reinforced in the framework of our new SALTA strategic programme, presented on last March 23rd during our Capital Markets Day held in Abu Dhabi”. 

About RWE

RWE is leading the way to a green energy world. With its investment and growth strategy Growing Green, RWE is contributing significantly to the success of the energy transition and the decarbonisation of the energy system. Around 20,000 employees work for the company in almost 30 countries worldwide. 

RWE is already one of the leading companies in the field of renewable energy. Between 2024 and 2030, RWE will invest 55 billion euros worldwide in offshore and onshore wind, solar energy, batteries, flexible generation, and hydrogen projects. 

By the end of the decade, the company’s green portfolio will grow to more than 65 gigawatts of generation capacity, which will be perfectly complemented by global energy trading. 

RWE is decarbonising its business in line with the 1.5-degree reduction pathway and will phase out coal by 2030. RWE will be net-zero by 2040. Fully in line with the company’s purpose – Our energy for a sustainable life.

About Técnicas Reunidas

Técnicas Reunidas is a leading Spanish global engineering firm, with over 60 years of experience executing over 1,000 industrial plants around the world and presence in 25 countries 

The company is specialized in the design and construction of industrial plants dedicated to the production of clean fuels, natural gas and petrochemical plants. The company is also at the cutting edge of technology solutions related to energy transition, circular economics and decarbonization of industrial plants.

These solutions encompass technologies like green hydrogen, and its derivatives such as biofuels, biochemicals and carbon capture.

Técnicas Reunidas has recently launched track, it’s new strategy for energy transition. Through track, the company will maximise its opportunities in this field and accelerate its market share in low carbon projects. The main activities of track include engineering services for the initial phases of projects related with decarbonisation, the complete execution of these projects, and carbon and methanol management.

Técnicas Reunidas has over 9,500 employees, the majority of which are highly qualified engineers. Thus, its headquarters in Madrid, Spain, constitutes and important center of engineering excellence.

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