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GAMOR Saarbrücken (GER)

Environmentally friendly heat and electricity from Saarbrücken

GAMOR Saarbrücken CS - foto


As a member of the worldwide ENGIE Group and Stadtwerke Saarbrücken municipal utilities, Energie SaarLorLux AG supplies more than 160,000 private and business customers with electricity, gas, and district heating. As a member of the worldwide ENGIE Group and Stadtwerke Saarbrücken municipal utilities, Energie SaarLorLux AG supplies more than 160,000 private and business customers with electricity, gas, and district heating. The company has a workforce of about 170 and is strongly committed to culture, the environment, and social issues in the region. With its 177-meter chimney, the Römerbrücke thermal power plant has been a prominent feature of Saarbrücken's cityscape for more than five decades. Today, it also symbolized the energy transformation as well as increased energy security. When Energie SaarLorLux AG switched to gas as the main energy source in 2013, coal was used only to cover peak demand. The company completely phased out coal in 2022, but the landmark structure, which is visible from afar, will act as a black start power plant to safeguard the city's water distribution infrastructure in an emergency.

Sustainable energy solution and backup in the event of a power failure

At the heart of the GAMOR gas-fired power station are five Jenbacher J920 FleXtra engines from the INNIO Group. Together, they have an electrical output of 53 MW, a thermal output of 52.5 MW and an overall efficiency of over 92%. The Jenbacher J920 FleXtra engines are "Ready for H2"* and can, in principle, be converted to operate with up to 100% hydrogen in the future. The plant can supply around 65,000 households in Saarbrücken with electricity and 13,000 households with environmentally friendly district heating. According to Energie SaarLorLux AG, the plant emits at least 60,000 fewer tons of CO2 per year than the old coal-fired plant. Furthermore, GAMOR is configured to help restore the local power grid following a total power outage or blackout. In doing so, it serves as a backup power supply for critical infrastructure in the area. This includes the Blickweiler waterworks, located 40 kilometers away, which is responsible for maintaining Saarbrücken's water supply.

With the successful commissioning of the entire solution in October 2022, GAMOR and all of the power plant's control systems also have passed the real-world tests for an emergency scenario.


Establishing an islanded network via the 'soft' magnetization of transformers and cables as long been a standard feature of the Jenbacher engine control software. For GAMOR, however, INNIO Group worked very closely with Energie SaarLorLux to extend this concept to a much larger high- and medium-voltage network in Saarbrücken.

In the event of an inter-area power outage, the Energie SaarLorLux control center sends a remote start command to the Gamor power plant control system. This triggers the Jenbacher power station control system to automatically configure and operate the power plant so that the fast-start capable Jenbacher engines will gradually re-energize the islanded Saarbrücken power grid. Once the nominal voltage is reached, the GAMOR power station then can supply power to the Blickweiler waterworks, thus restoring the water supply to Saarbrücken. This arrangement also can be used to supply other essential energy consumers via the islanded system.

Customer benefits

  • High-efficieny combined heat and power for CO2 savings
  • Black start power plant in the event of a blackout
  • Ability to 'soft' energize the external power grid
  • Reliable supply during total power outages and blackouts
  • Fast-start capability for grid stabilization
  • Flexible, climate-friendly energy solution
  • Economical operation

*„Ready for H2" = Details such as costs and time frame for such retrofitting may vary and must be clarified individually.


Saarbrücken, Germany

Installed engines

 5 x J920 FleXtra

Electrical output

 53 MW

Thermal output

 52,5 MW

Energy source

Pipeline gas 




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