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Germany To Open Six More Coal Power Stations In 2013

April 22, 2013

By Paul Homewood


RWE’s new lignite power station opened in Neurath in 2012


Germany’s dash for coal continues apace. Following on the opening of two new coal power stations in 2012, six more are due to open this year, with a combined capacity of 5800MW, enough to provide 7% of Germany’s electricity needs.

Including the plants coming on stream this year, there are 12 coal fired stations due to open by 2020. Along with the two opened last year in Neurath and Boxberg, they will be capable of supplying 19% of the country’s power.

In addition, 27 gas fired stations are due on line, which should contribute a further 17% of Germany’s total electricity generation. (Based on 2011 statistics, total generation was 575 TwH).

It is worth noting that none of these coal or gas plants will be built with Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS), which is a legal requirement for coal generators in the UK, despite the fact that the technology does not yet exist on a commercial scale.


The UK government is so desperate to get out of the corner it has boxed itself into, that it wants to hand out huge sums to subsidise the cost of developing CCS technology. According to their “Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy” (Page 31), they want to support the cost of four commercial scale CCS projects.

But since the report was written in 2011, nothing much has happened, other than the announcement of two preferred bidders for the £1bn programme. One of these, the White Rose project  at Drax, won’t be submitting a planning application until next year, and a final government investment decision won’t be made until 2015.

In the meantime, UK energy policy is allowed to drift. No company would abandon a successful, proven and efficient method of operating, without an alternative, better way having already been thoroughly tried and tested. So why does the UK government think it knows better?




German Coal Fired Power Stations Due to Open By 2020

Operator Location MW Date Due Status
Trianel Lunen 750 2013 In Trial
EnBW Karlsruhe 874 2013 In Construction
GDF Wilhelmshaven 800 2013 In Construction
Steag Duisberg 725 2013 In Construction
E.ON Datteln 1055 2013 In Construction
RWE Hamm 1600 2013 In Construction
Vattenfall Hamburg 1640 2014 In Construction
GKM Mannheim 911 2015 In Construction
MIBRAG Profen 660 2020 A/W Approval
RWE Niederaussem 1100 n/a A/W Approval
GETEC Buttel 800 n/a A/W Approval
Dow Stade 840 n/a A/W Approval


As supplied by BDEW, the German Energy Producers Association.$file/130408_BDEW-Kraftwerksliste-final.pdf

  1. Edward. permalink
    April 22, 2013 3:47 pm

    “So why does the UK government think it knows better?”

    “think” is the wrong word – they [the DECC] know CCS is a moonbeam technology.

    The ‘green agenda’ and the Social engineers, have other priorities and industry, jobs and economic growth ain’t in the equation.

  2. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 23, 2013 4:11 am

    The only folks that know how to do CCS properly are from the Champagne region of France and a few other places that specialize in secondary fermentation of sparkling wine. Some have argued that the challenge of a cool climate contributed to this product. Wikipedia claims the oldest recorded sparkling wine is from 1531. That sound you hear is the LIA shouting out “It was me, it was me!”

  3. Turboblocke permalink
    May 25, 2013 9:28 pm

    Interestingly some 20 plants have been abandoned and 6 put on hold and some have closed since 2007. Looks more like a dash from coal if you ask me.

    • May 25, 2013 9:57 pm

      Not all planned projects are carried out. The same applies to wind , or any industrial project.

      Nevertheless, ten coal plants either opened last year or are under construction.


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