Chemnitz Nord power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Chemnitz Nord power station is an operating power station of at least 167-megawatts (MW) in Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Chemnitz Nord power station Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany 50.8578, 12.9239 (exact)

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

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Phase 2 Unit 2: 50.857778, 12.923889
  • Phase 2 Unit 3: 50.857778, 12.923889
  • Unit 1: 50.8326, 12.92421

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Phase 2 Unit 2 operating coal - lignite 67 MW subcritical - - 2023 (planned)
Phase 2 Unit 3 operating coal - lignite 100 MW subcritical - - 2023 (planned)
Unit 1 construction[1][2][3] gas[2] 88 MW[2] internal combustion combined cycle[4] yes[2] - -

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Phase 2 Unit 2 Eins Energie in Sachsen GmbH Eins Energie in Sachsen GmbH
Phase 2 Unit 3 Eins Energie in Sachsen GmbH Eins Energie in Sachsen GmbH
Unit 1 Eins Energie in Sachsen GmbH Eins Energie in Sachsen GmbH


Chemnitz Nord I consisted of three 25 MW units, first commissioned in 1961 and taken offline in 1997. Chemnitz Nord II was commissioned from 1986 to 1990. Unit 1 is fired by gas or oil, and units 2 and 3 by lignite coal dust.[5][6]

In August 2019 a contractor was commissioned to build two engine-powered combined heat and power (CHP) plants. The two plants, MHKW Nord and Altchemnitz, will be operated with seven and five MAN gas engines of type 20V35/44G TS respectively, each with an electrical output of 12.6 MW. The new CHP plants will supply the city with just under 150 MW of electricity and over 130 MW of thermal output.[7]

Construction work on the new CHP plant is planned for 2020, and operation in 2022.[8] In 2023, the two coal blocks of the Chemnitz CHP were expected to go off line.[9] However, these plans have been delayed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with no new start date announced.

Articles and Resources


  1. Archived from the original on 2022-09-30. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Bundesnetzagentur - Kraftwerksliste". Archived from the original on May 19, 2022. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
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  4. Archived from the original on 2023-01-28. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. "HKW Chemnitz-Nord," Wikipedia, accessed April 2016
  6. "CHP plant Chemnitz," Eins, accessed November 2019
  7. "MAN Energy Solutions is building two combined heat and power plants in Chemnitz," MAN Energy Solutions, Aug 21, 2019
  8. "New heat for Chemnitz," Eins, accessed Nov 2019
  9. "New heat for Chemnitz: One awards contract for gas engines to MAN," Eins, 21.08.2019

Additional data

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