Dörpen Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Dörpen Power Station was a proposed 900 MW coal plant, canceled in 2009.


Power in Europe reported that the estimated cost for the project was €1 billion but stated that the proposed installed capacity was to be 900 megawatts.[1] At its 2008 annual general meeting, the shareholders of the Swiss energy company BKW were told that "Several projects have already been shelved. The coal-fired power plant in Dörpen/Niedersachsen, developed by BKW, made waves. The project was supported by the relevant authorities in Germany, but after its involvement in Wilhelmshaven BKW has no wish to build Dörpen alone or with a majority interest. The government of the canton of Berne has opposed a BKW holding but also announced that it has no wish to interfere in the company's operating business. We are in the process of setting up a new funding structure which will not place BKW's credibility and financial values at risk." In April 2008 Power in Europe reported that "BKW’s cantonal executive tells company to pull out of coal project. BKW to seek partner in first instance before withdrawing. Also possible that the plant will not be built."[1]

2009: Project Cancelled

The project was sponsored by EnBW Kraftwerke AG, Stuttgart (75%) and BKW FMB Energie AG, Bern (25%). It cancelled in 2009 for "economical and ecological reasons."[2][3]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 22.
  2. "Dörpen coal-fired power plant planning stopped" Enstreet News Bureau, December 10, 2009.
  3. "Projects of coal-fired power plants in Germany since 2007," Deutsche Umwelthilfe, November 2012

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