Borsod power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Borsod power station was a coal- and biomass-fired power station in Hungary.

A new coal-fired power station has been proposed at the location.


The map below shows the retired plant in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County.

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Background on Plant

The first phase of the Borsod plant was built from 1951-1957. Starting in 2002, one of the boilers was modified for firing wood and other biomass and eventually, two boilers were retrofit with CFB equipment for 100% biomass consumption. The remaining sets were taken out of service in 2003 with the expiration of power and heat supply contracts with Kazincbarcika city and nearby industrial users. Owner AES Borsodi Energetikai, the Hungarian arm of U.S. power company AES Corporation, stopped power production at the plant in 2011, which at the time ran mainly on biomass.[1][2]

Proposed plant

AES has planned to develop a new coal fired power station at the location, comprising two 165 MW coal-fired units. Mott MacDonald (MM) was contracted by AES to generate a conceptual plan for the new plant, which would use a blend of local brown coal and imported black coal, and have biomass firing capabilities.[3]

The original start date was planned for 2012-2013, but may have been cancelled due to difficulties in securing a coal supply.[4]

Project Details of proposed plant

  • Sponsor: AES
  • Parent company:
  • Developer: Mott MacDonald
  • Location: Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 47.904814, 21.055306 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 330 MW (2 X 165MW)
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: blend of local brown coal and imported black coal
  • Coal Source: Domestic and imported
  • Source of financing:

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