Borsod power station

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Borsod power station is a power station in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Northern Hungary, Hungary with multiple units of varying statuses none of which are currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Borsod power station Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Northern Hungary, Hungary 47.9048, 21.0553 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • New Unit 1: 47.904814, 21.055306
  • New Unit 2: 47.904814, 21.055306
  • Unit 1: 47.904814, 21.055306
  • Unit 2: 47.904814, 21.055306
  • Unit 3: 47.904814, 21.055306

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
New Unit 1 cancelled coal - lignite 165 MW subcritical - -
New Unit 2 cancelled coal - lignite 165 MW subcritical - -
Unit 1 retired coal - lignite 30 MW subcritical 1951 2011
Unit 2 retired coal - lignite 30 MW subcritical 1951 2011
Unit 3 retired coal - lignite 30 MW subcritical 1951 2011

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
New Unit 1 AES Corp AES Corp
New Unit 2 AES Corp AES Corp
Unit 1 AES Corp AES Corp
Unit 2 AES Corp AES Corp
Unit 3 AES Corp AES Corp


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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]

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