The share of controllable energy generation based on conventional energy sources is continuously decreasing in the course of the energy transition, while the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix is steadily increasing. Nevertheless, conventional power plants will still be needed in the future to ensure the necessary security of supply for Germany as an industrial nation on its way to a largely emission-free energy future.
We are taking responsibility and have reduced our own domestic CO2 emissions by almost 85 percent from 1990 to the present. But that's not all: up to and including 2022, four more power plant units at the Bergkamen, Herne and Völklingen-Fenne sites will be shut down. After that, only our highly efficient coal-fired power plant of the latest generation in Duisburg-Walsum will be in operation.
At the same time, the construction of one of the world's most modern combined-cycle gas turbine power plants at the Herne site will not only secure the regional district heating supply in the Ruhr area, but will also significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the middle of the Ruhr area by switching fuel from hard coal to natural gas. Even the use of green hydrogen is possible in the plant in the long term.
In addition, STEAG plans, realises and operates power plants and plants for energy generation on behalf of third parties (operational management). In Germany, for example, these include the young Trianel hard coal-fired power plant in Lünen in North Rhine-Westphalia and the TotalEnergies refinery power plant in Leuna.
Duisburg Walsum Power plant unit 9
Power plant unit 9 at the Walsum site was shut down around July 2021.