GE Power and German electric utility company RheinEnergie have inaugurated the newly constructed Köln-Niehl combined-cycle heat and power (CHP) plant in Cologne, Germany.

Capable of generating 453MW of electrical power and 265MW of cogeneration heating capacity, this plant produces enough to supply around one million German households.

GE Power's CEO Alf-Henryk Wulf said: “GE is thrilled to hand over this highly-efficient combined heat and power plant, which will help support Germany´s energy transition.

“We were also very pleased to utilise our unique modular design capabilities to navigate the complex construction site for this innovative new facility and bring it online, on time.

"We were also very pleased to utilise our unique modular design capabilities to navigate the complex construction site."

GE used its AdvantEDGE power island design to execute the project, which utilises a portfolio of proven, pre-engineered, prefabricated, and commissioned plant modules. It allowed GE to build the new facility between existing buildings, tanks, and a cooling tower.

RheinEnergie's CEO Dieter Steinkamp said: “Thanks to the outstanding cooperation onsite, we are pleased with the completion of the Köln-Niehl plant, which helps us reach a milestone on our way to the future of energy.

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“The highly flexible combined-cycle heat and power plant Niehl 3 serves as the backbone for renewable energies and provides more climate-friendly district heating for Cologne.”

CHP's systems use exhaust energy from gas turbines, which increases efficiency levels by 80%. This makes it one of the most energy-efficient methods of power generation.

RheinEnergie commissioned GE to construct the plant at the end of 2012.