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)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit A: 51.636678, 7.620603

Project Details

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 name Owner
Unit A STEAG GmbH [100.0%]


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]

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