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New Coal Power Station In Germany To Open This Week

February 26, 2015

By Paul Homewood




News from Germany:



Vattenfall plans to start full commercial operations of the long-delayed first unit (800 MW Moorburg B) of its new coal-fired power plant at Hamburg-Moorburg in Germany.
The Swedish company’s
Germany unit plans the commencement before the end of February, a spokeswoman for the utility said Tuesday.
The start date has already been postponed several times since the first coal fire in the boiler of block B in August 2013.

Hamburg-Moorburg coal power plant

The second unit at the 1,600 MW dual-block power plant (Moorburg A) had its first grid synchronization on January 29 and is on track for start of commercial operations this summer, the spokeswoman added.
Platts reports that Moorburg is one of seven new coal-fired projects in Germany with a combined capacity of more than 7000 MW entering operations between late 2013 and early 2015. Most of these projects were planned almost a decade ago.
A number of projects were delayed due to quality problems with the so-called
T24 steel used for the boilers, while the testing phase usually takes several months.


The seven new coal plants are capable of supplying about 9% of Germany’s electricity needs. Latest figures for 2012 from the IEA show that coal power accounts for 49% of Germany’s electricity output.

In addition, some 94 TWh of nuclear power will need to replaced in the next few years.

  1. February 26, 2015 12:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Petrossa's Blog and commented:
    94 Tw nuclear to replace…. The sheer mindboggling stupidity of destruction of capital from the nukes, the investment in backup coal/gas powered plants and the 15 yr cycle reinvestment of ‘renewables’. DoomedToFail.

    • February 26, 2015 4:12 pm

      That’s TeraWatt Hours
      can we get a number in GW and not mix our units

  2. February 26, 2015 1:30 pm

    The Germans have built 30GW of wind farms and 38GW of solar, and ‘forgot’ about their dependency upon reliable. predictable, 24/7 baseload.

  3. John F. Hultquist permalink
    February 26, 2015 3:19 pm

    When there is a real “place” in a post, I try to find it on Google Earth or some such image. The power plant in the photo is here:
    53.486658, 9.955555 [Google Earth]
    The Street View image is from 2008 and shows early construction underway. A couple of wind towers are in the construction site.

  4. Retired Dave permalink
    February 26, 2015 3:21 pm

    You can understand DECC getting into a mess – they know nothing about energy (or climate change for that matter), but a while back I would have bet money that the Germans would be a safe pair of hands on the energy issue.

    Good job I kept my money, I would have been down on my uppers by now.

    I suppose reality will crowd in eventually, but just like the Eurozone fantasy will continue for ever and a day. The nutters are running the asylum *****

    ***** this is NOT a derogatory remark insulting those with mental health problems, the vast majority of whom are far more sane than DECC or our politicians.

  5. Paul2 permalink
    February 26, 2015 6:04 pm

    But, but they said that coal fired power stations would lead to this:

  6. Paul2 permalink
    February 26, 2015 8:12 pm

    Off topic but as a follow up to my last post above I found this which appears to have been published in 1960. Searching using the word level, as in sea level, no mention of global warming even though the authors reckons that the sea level has been going up and down like a prost…. sorry like a yo-yo.

  7. February 27, 2015 10:39 am

    Meanwhile here in South Africa, Medupi coal-fired power station, the only such in the world to have been designed by politicians, is five years behind schedule.

  8. crosspatch permalink
    February 27, 2015 5:25 pm

    Germany’s (and likely Europe’s) economy will never experience a decent recovery until Germany turns their reactors back on.

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