The 433 MW power plant built near Győr is the most advanced and most efficient facility of its type in Hungary. The plant’s world-class technology makes it possible to provide more than 600,000 homes with reliable and environmentally friendly energy. The power plant began commercial operation in 2011. Several hundred people were involved in building the plant, and thirty new jobs were created once the power plant was commissioned. Since the power generated in Gönyű is fed into the Hungarian transmission system, it is accessible to the entire Hungarian electricity grid.
The investor, E.ON Kraftwerke signed a contract for building the power plant in December 2007 with the general contractor, a consortium made up of Siemens AG (Erlangen) and Siemens Zrt (Budapest). The foundation stone of the Gönyű plant was laid on March 26, 2009.
The location of the new power plant enables it to play an important role in securing the country’s energy supply. Previously there was no large facility in the northwestern part of the country that could produce power on a regular basis. The power plant is a strong pulling force that will attract more investments and create new opportunities in the region.
There is an increasing need for efficient and environmentally friendly power plants in Hungary to replace obsolete facilities that heavily pollute the environment. The new plant, which has an extraordinarily high, 59% net efficiency and is outfitted with combined-cycle gas and steam turbines, will help Hungary fulfill its EU environmental commitments and achieve its carbon dioxide emissions targets.
In accordance with E.ON’s social responsibility strategy, the company has, from the very beginning of the project, cooperated with the local authorities and stakeholders and devoted particular attention to protecting the area’s natural assets and optimizing the environmental impact.