The owners of the Irsching 5 gas-fired power plant near Ingolstadt (Uniper, N-ERGIE, Mainova and ENTEGA) have notified the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the TenneT network operator for the fourth time of the provisional closure of the power plant block.

According to current market assessments, there are still no suitable framework conditions for highly efficient gas-fired power plants to continue operating economically beyond autumn 2020. The owners are therefore once again willing to temporarily shut down the power plant from October 2020 to the end of September 2021. At the same time – and for the same reasons – Uniper, as the sole owner of the Irsching 4 gas-fired power plant, has announced the provisional closure of this unit from October 2020 to the end of September 2021.

Irsching 5 has an output of 846 MW and went into operation in 2010. With an efficiency of 59.7 %, it is one of the most modern gas-fired power plants in Europe. It is operated by Uniper Kraftwerke GmbH.

Irsching 4, with a capacity of 561 MW, went into operation in 2011 and, with an efficiency of 60.4 %, is one of the most efficient gas-fired power plants in the world. The two power plant units fall under the so-called grid reserve regulation. They are only used when their output is needed to stabilise the grid, usually when the grid in southern Germany has to be supported owing to temporary bottlenecks.