The LEAG company Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG operates the Lippendorf lignite-fired power plant and owns one of the two 920 megawatts (MW) units. The other one (unit S) belongs to the German energy company EnBW. LEAG is the fourth largest power plant operator in Germany. Other lignite-fired power plants belonging to the company are Jänschwalde, Schwarze Pumpe and Boxberg in the Lusatian mining district in the east of Germany. Every tenth kilowatt hour of electricity consumed in Germany is produced in these power plants.
The 1,840 MW power plant is located in the Free State of Saxony, about 15 kilometres south of Leipzig. With an investment volume of approx. 2.3 billion Euros, the new construction project of Lippendorf power plant was the largest private project in the Free State of Saxony realized after 1990. The first unit was connected to the grid in June 1999 for the first time, the second connection to the power system followed half a year afterwards. The newly constructed plant has a net efficiency of 42 percent.
Some of the heat generated during energy conversion is extracted from the process and used to supply the towns of Leipzig and Böhlen as well as the municipality of Neukieritzsch with district heating.
At the Lippendorf power plant, power is generated from run-of-mine lignite. The raw lignite is extracted in the “Vereinigtes Schleenhain“ opencast mine of the MIBRAG, also owned by EPH. Numerous industrial settlements in the coal and energy sphere, such as construction material producers and service companies create a positive economic environment. The new training facility at the Lippendorf site demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to the region.