Coal-Fired Plants in Nordrhein-Westfalen - N to W
Neurath
Location: NW
Operator: RWE Power
Configuration: 3 X 300 MW, 2 X 600 MW
Operation: 1972-1976
Fuel: brown coal
Boiler supplier: EVT, Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: BBC
Quick facts: Between the Frimmersdorf and Neurath plants, the RWE complex at Grevenbroich has about 4,600 MW of generating capacity installed at its peak. The nearby lignite fields were first found in 1858.

Photograph courtesy of RWE AG
Re-posted 23 Nov 2006

Neurath BOA
Location: NW
Operator: RWE Power
Configuration: 2 X 1,100 MW
Operation: 2012
Fuel: brown coal
Boiler supplier: Hitachi Power Europe
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom, Kraftanlagen München
Quick facts: These two units comprise BoA Units 2&3. The new sets were erected to the east of the existing Neurath power plant and use some of the existing supply and disposal facilities. BOA 2&3 were officially commmissioned on 15 Aug 2012. The investment was €2.6bn. Some 380,000m³ of concrete were required during the construction phase and 91,000 tons of steel, 91,000t of steel, and 2,500km of cable were used to build the facility. During the peak construction period, up to 4,000 people were employed on a daily basis, and well over 100,000 people were involved overall.

Photograph courtesy of RWE AG
Re-posted 18 Aug 2012

Niederaussem
Location: NW
Operator: RWE Power
Configuration: 2 X 150 MW, 4 X 300 MW, 2 X 620 MW, 1 X 1,000 MW
Operation: 1962-2003
Fuel: brown coal
Boiler supplier: EVT, Steinmuller, Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: Siemens, Escher Wyss
EPC: Siemens, RWE
Quick facts: Thhis PS near Bergheim was planned in the 1960s as a 900-MW plant called Fortuna IV, following on from the now closed Fortuna I, II and III plants which produced electricity from 1912 until 1988. The project name was later changed to Niederaussem. Unit K was the first Braunkohlenblocke mit optimierter Anlagentechnik (BoA) unit, an optimized, highly-efficient steam-electric unit design. The unit cost about €1.2bn. A second BOA unit was planned at the site but this has been cancelled. At full load, Niederaussem burned about 28mn tpy of lignite delivered via dedicated rail line. The larger cooling tower is 200m tall, one of the highest in the world, and the boiler house is 172m tall, considered the largest such structure in Germany. FGD was added to Blocks C-H from 1986 to 1988. The 150-MW sets were closed at the end of 2012.

Photograph courtesy of RWE AG
Posted 20 Feb 2016

Scholven
Location: NW
Operator: E.ON Energie
Configuration: 4 X 370 MW, 1 X 740 MW, 2 X 692 MW (ret)
Operation: 1968-1975
Fuel: hard coal, oil
Boiler supplier: Steinmuller, EVT
T/G supplier: Siemens
Quick facts: The tallest stack is 302m, one of the highest in Germany. The oil-fired blocks G&H are demolished. This power station was originally a minemoth plant. Oil-fired Blocks G&H were closed in 2001, Blocks D-F were closed in 2015.

Photograph by Kiyo Komoda
Posted 12 Jan 2003

Shamrock
Location: NW
Operator: E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH
Configuration: 2 X 28 MW, 2 X 34 MW CHP
Operation: 1956-1983 (ret)
Fuel: hard coal
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: BBC
Quick facts: This common-header PS was closed at the end of 2013.

Photograph courtesy of E.ON
Posted 17 Feb 2005

Veltheim
Location: NW
Operator: Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Veltheim GmbH
Configuration: 2 X 100 MW, 1 X 320 MW, 1 X 300 MW CHP
Operation: 1963-1975 (ret)
Fuel: hard coal, natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: Balcke Durr, Steinmuller, Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: Siemens, BBC
Quick facts: Veltheim PS is on the north side of the Weser in Porta Westfalica. Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Weser was formed in Jun 1959 by Stadtwerke Bielefeld, EKW Minden-Ravensburg, and Wesertal GmbH. Unit-1 went commercial on 24 Sep 1962 and Block 2 was synchronized on 9 Mar 1965. In Jun 2004, GKV was founded by E.ON (66.6%) and Stadtwerke Bielefeld (33%). Units 1&2 were closed in 2000, Unit-4 in 2013, and Unit-3 in Mar 2015 along with the topping gas turbine for the gas-fired Unit-4. In the past, GKV generation was around 2.2 TWh/yr.

Photograph by Nils Heilinger
Posted 15 May 2010

Voerde / West
Location: NW
Operator: Steag / RWE
Configuration: 2 X 350 MW (West), 2 X 761 MW (Voerde)
Operation: 1970-1985 (ret)
Fuel: hard coal
Boiler supplier: Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: BBC, MAN
Quick facts: The Voerde unites were up-rated by 51 MW in 2005. These two sets are jointly owned by STEAG (75%) and RWE (25%) and were installed with FGD. The West plant was retrofit with FGD in 1987. All units were retrofit with NOX control equipment in 1989. In regular operation, site generation was around 11 TWh/yr. Both plants were closed on 1 Apr 2017.

Photograph courtesy of STEAG AG
Re-posted 2 Dec 2016

Walsum 7-9
Location: NW
Operator: Evonik Steag AG
Configuration: 2 X 150 MW (ret), 1 X 410 MW CHP
Operation: 1959-1988
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Burmeister & Wain
T/G supplier: MAN, Siemens
Quick facts: The 150-MW sets are closed. The 300m stack is one of the tallest in Germany.

Photograph courtesy of STEAG AG
Posted 26 Nov 2004

Walsum-10
Location: NW
Operator: Steag-EVN Walsum 10 Kraftwerkgesellschaft mbH
Configuration: 1 X 790 MW
Operation: 2013
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Babcock-Hitachi
T/G supplier: Hitachi
EPC: Hitachi Power Europe
Quick facts: On 2 Jul 2009, the Walsum-10 unit successfully concluded its boiler pressure test after two and a half years of construction, but the project was not synchronized until 15 Nov 2013 and it went commercial the following month. The project is a joint venture of Steag and EVN AG and a turnkey reference plant for HPE. It was the first large-scale, hard-coal plant completed in Germany since 2005. The €820mn unit has a thermal efficiency of over 45%. The 106m high boiler has steam conditions of 274bar/600C/620C.

Photograph by Hans Blossey and courtesy of www.derwesten.de
Re-posted 12 Jul 2014

Weisweiler
Location: NW
Operator: RWE
Configuration: 2 X 100 MW (ret), 2 X 150 MW, 2 X 300 MW, 2 X 600 MW
Operation: 1955-1974
Fuel: brown coal
Boiler supplier: EVT, Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: BBC
Quick facts: Development of this power station in the brown coal district fields near Eschweiler dates to 1913 and the first plant was in service from 1914 to 1975. The first sets in the second phase were built in 1955. In the 1980s, all blocks were equipped with FGD and SCR. Steam from a nearby WTE plant was later incorporated into the system and sewage sludge burn started in 2000.

Photograph by Achim Sieger
Posted 19 Apr 2006

Werdol-Elverlingsen
Location: NW
Operator: Mark-E AG
Configuration: 1 X 225 MW (ret), 1 X 325 MW, 200 MW 2+2 CCGT
Operation: 1971-1982
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: BBC, Siemens
Quick facts: Werdol E3 (225 MW) was closed in April 2014 after an escalting number of technical issues.

Photograph courtesy of Mark-E AG
Posted 24 Oct 2004

Werne
Location: NW
Operator: RWE Power
Configuration: 1 X 770 MW
Operation: 1984
Fuel: hard coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: Steinmuller
T/G supplier: Siemens
Quick facts: Also known as Gersteinwerk Block K. The block includes a 112-MW Siemens V94 gas turbine in topping configuration.

Photograph by Jacek Szularz and courtesy of www.elektrownie.ovh.org
Posted 25 Oct 2006

Westfalen
Location: NW
Operator: RWE Power
Configuration: 2 X 176 MW (ret), 1 X 320 MW (ret), 1 X 820 MW
Operation: 1963-2015
Fuel: hard coal, pet coke, fuel oil (Units 1&2)
Boiler supplier: Steinmuller, Alstom
T/G supplier: BBC, Siemens
EPC: Alstom, Kraftanlagen Munchen, Bilfinger Berger, Alpine Bau
Quick facts: In Jul 2005, RWE called for bids for two 800-MW new-build coal units at Westfalen. The building application was made in Feb 2007 and, in Apr 2008, Alstom won a €500mn contract to supply two USC boilers for Westfalen D&E. In Feb 2008, RWE entered into a 25yr PPA with a group of 23 municipal utilities known as Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Steinkohle for 350-MW from the new project. The foundation stone was laid in Feb 2008, however the municipal group grew increasingly unhappy as the new units were delayed by problems with the boiler’s T24 steel welds and related issues. In Feb 2010, RWE announced a 1yr delay in plant commissioning. In Dec 2011, RWE announced about €100mn of concessions to its municipal partners in compensation for the delay. The "E" unit was synchronized in Nov 2013 and declared commercial on 2 Jul 2014, however, the "D" unit was damaged in 2013 by a chemical release during commissioning and construction was stopped at that time. Given the adverse market situation and the escalating cost estimates for repairs, RWE terminated the unit in Dec 2015. The investment in the D&E units at that time was about €2.3bn. The first two coal units were retired Feb 2011 and Westfalen-C was closed on 31 Mar 2016.

Photograph by Tim Reckman (wikimedia)
Re-posted 16 Nov 2013

Westerholt
Location: NW
Operator: E.ON Energie AG
Configuration: 2 X 150 MW
Operation: 1959-1961 (ret 2001)
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Siemens
Quick facts: The stack at Westerholt was built in 1997 and was Germany's tallest at 305m. The CHP plant was retired in May 2005. A local district heating plant is adjacent to the electric plant and the Westerholt coal mine is close by. The mine and the plants are within the Gelsenkirchen city limits and were named for the bordering city of Westerholt.

Photograph courtesy of Stadt Gelsenkirchen
Posted 29 Jul 2006

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Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 12-Apr-2017

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