Kladno GT, an Atel subsidiary, commissioned a new power station in Kladno at the end of November 2006. The 43 MW gas-fired power station is designed primarily to generate balancing power for the Czech power supply system. Kladno GT spent some 38 million Swiss francs on building the facility.
The new power station is equipped with a gas-fired turbine with an electrical output of 43 MW. The facility is designed to reach full load from a cold start within only 30 minutes. In addition, it has the capability to start without an external power supply. This power station is the first facility with this capability in the Czech Republic, where the requirements for balancing power and reserve energy are rising steadily. The new power station will contribute to the stability of the power system, thus ensuring a reliable power supply.
The power station commissioned by Kladno Energy Businesses (KEB) was built by Skoda Prague. KEB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel). Construction started in September 2005 and took just over one year.
ECKG power generating companies wholly owned by Atel On Friday, 1 December 2006, it was announced that Atel was acquiring 11 per cent stakes in the power generating complex of ECK Generating s.r.o. (ECKG) and Energetické centrum Kladno, s.r.o.. Both companies belong to Kladno Energy Business (KEB). ECKG and Energetické centrum Kladno are now wholly owned by Atel.
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Official commissioning on 30 November 2006. Present: Swiss embassador in the Czech Republic: Jean-François Kammer, Head of the Swiss Mission in the Czech Republic (3rd from right), Jacques Ducrest, First Officer of the Swiss Embassy in Prague(1st from right), Dan Jiránek, mayor of Kladno (2nd from left), as well as Steve Wolf, Oldrich Tichy and Reinhold Frank from Atel (2nd / 4th / 6th from right)
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The Kladno GT gas-fired power station has a capacity of 43 MWe.
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Kladno Energy Businesses (KEB)
Atel acquired Kladno Energy Businesses (KEB) in 2002. KEB represents the largest Swiss investment in the Czech Republic. With almost 280 employees, KEB generates around 1,500 GWh of electricity annually and is thus one of the biggest independent producers of electricity and thermal energy the Czech Republic. The four ECKG power station blocks with a total electrical capacity of 372 MW and a thermal capacity of 272 MW are coal-fired. They use the latest technology to generate electricity and steam. A flue gas cleaning plant efficiently reduces atmospheric pollutant levels – environmental protection and clean air were important factors when constructing the power stations.
Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel)
Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel) is the leading production-based energy service provider in Switzerland and operates at a pan-European level. Founded in 1894, Atel focuses on the two core businesses of production-based Energy Trading and Energy Services. The group of companies, domiciled in Olten, employs a staff of around 8400 and generated a turnover of CHF 8.6 billion in 2005. Its main markets in the energy sector are Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the Central and Eastern European countries. Its goods and services range from portfolio management and group energy supplies, to energy derivatives and option contracts, to establishing distribution concepts involving other partners. Trading and sales are supported by a number of proprietary hydraulic and thermal power stations plus a broadly ramified transmission grid. With its Energy Services Division, Atel provides all technical services pertaining to energy (electricity, gas, oil and biomass) and its uses as power, lighting, cooling and heating, communication and security. Atel is among the leading providers of Energy Services in both Switzerland and Germany.