Duisburg-Walsum power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Duisburg-Walsum power station is a 790-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

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The Duisburg Walsum power station was originally built back in 1928. A total of 10 units were operating on the plant over the years; however, Units 1-9 were all retired by 2020. Unit 10, with a capacity of 790 MW, is the only remaining operating unit; it began construction in 2006 with an initial investment of €820 million from STEAG and EVN.[2] In 2007, the European Investment Bank agreed to provide loans for up to 50% of total project costs for Unit 10, with a loan amount of up to EUR410 million.[3] Commissioning was originally scheduled for 2010, but due to leaks in the plant, it was delayed until 2013, which brought the total investment in the plant from €0.8 billion to €1.1 billion.[1]

The plant was estimated to supply enough electricity for a city of half a million people.[2] However, recently, the plant's fuel utilization rate has only been ay 46% (as opposed to a planned 56%), which signals reduced demand for coal-fired energy.[1]

The plant's air pollution control measures includes flue gas desulfurisation (FGD) systems.[2] However, to reduce costs, STEAG decided against building a hybrid cooling tower, which would have also generated significantly less steam from the plant.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: STEAG GmbH (51%), Energie Versorgung Niederösterreich (EVN) (49%)
  • Parent company: KSBG (51%), Evonik Industries (49%)
  • Location: the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.5286, 6.7119 (exact)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Unknown (previously from the Walsum coal mine, which was shut down in the early 2000s)
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 790 MW
    • Unit 10: Coal-fired ultra-super, 790 MW (start-up in 2013)
  • Number of employees: 60[2]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Kraftwerk Duisburg-Walsum – Wikipedia". de.wikipedia.org (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Walsum Unit 10, Duisburg - Power Technology | Energy News and Market Analysis". www.power-technology.com. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  3. Advanced Coal-Power Plant Duisburg-Walsum, European Investment Bank, May 11, 2007

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