Karlsruhe. About one year ago, the Board of Management of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG started the preliminary planning for the construction of two new power plants in Baden-Württemberg and approved the planning budget. Among others, Heilbronn was inspected as a possible site for the new plants and coal and gas were considered as possible fuels. This site inspection has now been completed and assessed.
In a personal conversation, Prof. Dr. Thomas Hartkopf, Chief Technical Officer of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, informed the Mayor of the city of Heilbronn, Helmut Himmelsbach, that the preliminary planning for a new power plant on the Heilbronn site would not be continued for the imminent investment cycle.
“Irrespective of this current assessment, Heilbronn is and will remain a very important domestic site for EnBW, especially also from the point of view of grid stability and secure district heating supply. This decision will not have any effect whatsoever on the existing plants or the employees,” explained Prof. Hartkopf to the Mayor. “The crucial factors for the assessment which has now been made were only the difficult supply with power plant gas on the Heilbronn site and the resulting unfavourable economic aspects of a new combined gas and steam turbine plant, as well as the special situation at the Neckar site, which leads to comparatively high logistical costs for the supply of coal,” added Prof. Hartkopf.