RWE is planning to build a coal-fired twin unit delivering capacity of 1,600MW at its existing site in Ensdorf, Saarland and another facility is currently at the planning stage for Lingen.

The planned investment for the Ensdorf project is approximately E2 billion and the plant is due to come onstream in 2012. Plans for the Lingen facility involve a CCGT power plant (876MW) with a natural gas pipe storage facility located at an existing site in Lingen. The plant is due to come onstream as early as 2009 and requires investments of around E500 million.

These investments are intended to meet the environmental and climate policy challenges as well as fostering competition in energy markets, commented Harry Roels, chief executive officer of RWE AG. Expanding supply by creating additional power plant capacities will also bring about the desired price reductions over the medium term.

Both projects will contribute to security of supply and modernization of the German power plant portfolio, RWE believes.