Work has commenced on a new hard coal-fired CHP plant at Karlsruhe Rheinhafen in Germany.

With a gross output of 912 MW and up to 220 MW of district heat extraction, construction of the chimney for the new station is currently under way, as is work on the foundations of the cooling tower and powerhouse.
Commissioning of the new power station is scheduled for the end of 2011.

The so-called RDK 8 installation, under development by local utility group Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) is expected to cost some € 1 billion.

The new station will make a significant contribution to securing power supply and supporting the area as an industrial location, said EnBW.