Against power shortage
Federal government reserves reserve power plants
Eight reserve power plants can be set up at Bir in the Aargau, which can produce two and a half times the output of the hydroelectric power plant at Rheinfelden AG.
To prevent power shortages, the federal government concluded a contract for reserve power plants.
The federal government reserves reserve power plants. Simonetta Somaruga (62) The Department of Environment and Energy (UVEK) signed the first contract for it, as announced on Friday. This further extends the “cushion” – as the energy minister said on BlickTV – with which the federal government wants to prevent power outages in the winter. Among other things, the Federal Council has mandated energy companies to maintain a minimum amount of water in reservoirs so that it will be available in March and April 2023 when power supplies are tight.
More stores will follow
UVEK has now purchased eight mobile gas turbines from GE Gas Power. These have been installed in the premises of GE Company at Bir (AG). In addition to gas, turbines can also be powered by oil or hydrogen.
The turbines will be available for a significant period of time until the end of winter 2022/23 and the end of April 2026. They can be used when needed. According to UVEK, talks are still ongoing with potential other suppliers of reserve power plants.
The turbines installed in Bir are mobile gas turbines, each producing at least 30 MW, totaling approximately 250 MW. This exceeds the capacity of the Rheinfelden AG hydroelectric power station by about two and a half times. The total cost of the entire term is approximately 470 million Swiss francs.
Right now it is being clarified which company will take over the operation of the plant. (pt)