Awirs power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Awirs power station (also known as Les Awirs) is a retired 425-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Leige Province, Belgium.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in Leige Province, Belgium.

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The Awirs power station was built in 1951 by Electrabel as a coal-fired plant, with Units 4 and 5 added later. Units 1, 2, and 3 were shut down in 1998. Unit 4 was converted to a 75 MW 100% biomass-fueled plant in 2005.[2] Unit 5 was converted to run on natural gas and closed in 2013. The coal-fired plants were closed due to aging equipment, and because the company had reached the end of the period for receiving green certificates.[3]

The biomass plant that Unit 4 became was the largest in Wallonia and powered 160,000 homes in Belgium. The biomass plant was closed in September 2020, with decommissioning work to begin in April 2021 and to end in 2023. At the time of retirement, the plant had 40 employees which will be transferred to other Electrabel locations.[3] Engie, Electrabel's parent company, stated that they were interested in building a new gas-fired power station on the site in the future.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Electrabel
  • Parent company: Engie
  • Location: Leige Province, Belgium
  • Coordinates: 50.5851, 5.4180 (exact)
  • Coal type: Pulverized coal
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 425 MW
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired subcritical, 125 MW (start-up in 1967)
    • Unit 5: Coal-fired subcritical, 300 MW (start-up in 1973)
  • Number of employees (as of 2020): 40

Articles and Resources


  1. "Awirs 4 and 5 thermal Power Plant Belgium - GEO". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  2. Gratton, Georgia (2020-09-03). "Engie closes Belgian Les Awirs biomass plant". Argus. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "ENGIE's Les Awirs biomass plant closes". Bioenergy Insight. September 4, 2020. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  4. Renews Ltd (2020-08-28). "Engie to close Belgian biomass plant". reNEWS - Renewable Energy News. Retrieved 2021-05-20.