BKW said that the Wilhelmshaven plant will have a high efficiency level of 46% and be one of the world’s most technologically advanced coal-fired facilities. The plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2012.

BKW aims to further strengthen its production capacities in Germany and support its sales activities through its own power generating facilities. The interest in the partner plant calls for an investment of around E430 million by the German utility. The joint venture requires the approval of the country’s competition authority.

Electrabel operates in the German market through Electrabel Deutschland in the fields of power generation and sales, trading and grid operation, natural gas, heat production and energy services. It serves industrial customers, public utilities, municipal plants and regional suppliers.