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Uniper to build 300-MW 'safety cushion' gas-fired plant in Germany

Uniper SE was awarded a contract by grid operator TenneT TSO GmbH to construct and operate a 300-MW gas-fired generation facility in Irsching near Ingolstadt in Germany.

The power plant will be on stand-by starting Oct. 1, 2022, as a "safety cushion" facility to supply power in emergency situations. It will not serve the market and will instead be available on short notice when grid reliability is at risk, the company said in a Jan. 9 news release.

"Their high flexibility makes gas power plants ideal for balancing out the increasing share of non-controllable electricity generated from wind and solar energy," Uniper board member and COO Eckhardt Rümmler said in the news release. "They should therefore play an important role when it comes to Germany achieving its ambitious climate goals without incurring excessive risks in supplying industry and homes with electricity."

In June 2018, TenneT, Amprion GmbH and TransnetBW GmbH called for bids throughout Europe for 1,200 MW of capacity for "special grid facilities." Each of four regions in southern Germany will be assigned 300 MW, the new facility awarded to Uniper represents the contract for the southern Bavarian region.