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State-of-the-art technology in harmony with nature

EVN’s thermal power plants are indispensable, above all when the demand for electricity is high. And their immediate environment is amazingly natural.

“The biodiversity we see in Dürnrohr is unique in the Tullnerfeld region.“
Alexander Mrkvicka, wildlife biologist

You could say the Theiss power plant is the fastest horse in EVN’s stable. With its 765 MW, it is not only the company’s most powerful thermal power plant, but also the fastest “from zero to one hundred” facility, delivering full performance exactly when it is needed.

Valuable reserve capacity
The plant is also “black start capable” – it can start independently to restore network operations, even in the event of a blackout – and is therefore important for the protection of supply security. Day in, day out, the Theiss plant which was extensively modernised at the turn of the century, serves – just like the Dürnrohr and Korneuburg plants – above all, as valuable reserve capacity for peak periods. In addition, it is regularly used to stabilise the networks in Austria and southern Germany, which means it also indirectly supports the expansion of electricity generation from renewable energy.

The protection of network stability also supports the expansion of renewable energy generation.

Protected habitats
In view of all this, who would guess that the environment surrounding the Theiss and Dürnrohr power plants is actually a natural oasis? These power plants house state-ofthe- art technology but, over the years, have also provided a nearly undisturbed home for plants and animals on the generally unused surrounding grounds. Part of the untouched pastures in Theiss are now also being used for grazing sheep. Even biologists are impressed with the biodiversity surrounding the power plants. A recent habitat study showed that the nearly 140 hectare power plant site in Dürnrohr accommodates rare animal and plant species that are endangered in other areas. Here they have found a new – and protected – habitat.

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