Bergkamen power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bergkamen power station is a 780-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Bergkamen, Unna.

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The 780 MW plant was commissioned in 1981. It was jointly owned by RWE and STEAG.[1][2] In 2018, German utility STEAD announced it was acquiring RWE’s stake in the plant.[3]

In May 2021, STEAG announced that the power plant would be shut down.[4]

A 2021 auction finalized terms to close over 2,100 MW of coal power, including the Bergkamen A plant by October 2022.[5][6]

As of July 2022, due to energy security concerns in light of the war in Ukraine, the plant may stay online or in reserve until 2024.[7] In March 2022, STEAG had still planned to decommission the plant later that year.[8]

Coal shortages

In September 2021, STEAG filings revealed the plant had ceased generation four times for up to six days at a time due to external factors. The temporary shutdowns came at a time when a limited supply of gas led German power utilities to increase coal generation leading to coal shortages. “We are short of hard coal ... There is a strong demand for coal per se and secondly, there is a strong demand for transport by barge. And since Bergkamen has no rail connection, there are no logistical alternatives available here,” said Daniel Muhlenfeld, a STEAG spokesman.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: STEAG
  • Parent company: KSBG
  • Location: Bergkamen, Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.636678, 7.620603 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 780 MW
  • Start date: 1981
  • Project retirement date: 2022
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
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