Bergkamen power station
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Bergkamen power station is an operating power station of at least 780-megawatts (MW) in Bergkamen, Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Bergkamen power station||Bergkamen, Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany||51.636678, 7.620603 (exact)|
The map below shows the exact location of the power station.
Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):
- Unit A: 51.636678, 7.620603
Table 2: Unit-level details
|Unit name||Status||Fuel(s)||Capacity (MW)||Technology||Start year||Retired year|
|Unit A||operating||coal - bituminous||780||subcritical||1981||2022 (planned)|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit A||STEAG GmbH [100.0%]|
In May 2021, STEAG announced that the power plant would be shut down.
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. In March 2022, STEAG had still planned to decommission the plant later that year.
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.
Articles and Resources
- "Coal-Fired Plants in Germany," Industcards, accessed April 2016
- "Jointly Operated Power Plant Bergkamen," STEAG, 2012
- "Steag to acquire RWE stake in Bergkamen power plant," Reuters, November 20, 2018
- "Kraftwerk in Bergkamen soll vorläufig stillgelegt werden," Wa.De, May 4, 2021
- "German auction agrees terms to close over 2,100 MW of coal power," Reuters, July 13, 2021
- "Ausschreibung nach dem KVBG / Gebotstermin 30. April 2021," Bundesnetzagentur, July 14, 2021
- "Coal-fired power plants to be reconnected to the grid in the near future," Energate Messenger, July 11, 2022
- "STEAG ensures secure energy," STEAG, March 2, 2022
- "A German Power Plant Just Ran Out of Coal in Latest Energy Shock," Bloomberg, October 1, 2021
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