|Power plant location||Maasbracht, the Netherlands|
|Power plant type||Gas-fired power plant|
|Commissioned in||2012 (1-7-2014 till 30-9-2020 mothballed). Since 1-10-2020 commissioned again.|
|Electrical output||1,304 MW|
Back in operation
Since 1 October 2020, the power station has been in commercial operation again.
Earlier, in 2014, less than two years after it was officially commissioned on 26 June 2012, the plant was mothballed for economic reasons. Due to the increasing demand for controllable power and the positive developments in the wholesale market, RWE decided in 2018 to put Clauscentrale C back into operation.
RWE is planning to build a similar plant adjacent to unit C. The company was granted the relevant approvals in 2016. However, as a result of the difficult economic outlook for natural-gas-fired power plants, there are currently no concrete plans to build the unit.
Claus was named after Prince Claus of the Netherlands, who officially opened the plant in 1978.
Claus C power plant unit
Claus power plant's unit C is a "STEG" unit with one steam and several gas turbines. At the power plant there are three gas turbine generators and the steam turbine generator from the old unit B, which is being re-used. The process of generating electricity starts with combusting natural gas in the gas turbines. The combustion gases expand in the turbine, which then drives a generator that produces electricity. The hot flue gases from the three gas turbines heat water in three flue gas boilers, which then turns into steam. This steam sets the steam turbine in motion and this in turn ensures that the connected generator starts to produce electricity. The steam that can no longer be used for generating power at the end of this process is cooled down and turned into water again, which can be re-used.