Magnum IGCC Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Magnum IGCC Power Station is a 1,311-megawatt (MW) combined cycle natural gas power station in Eemshaven, Netherlands, originally proposed to use coal gasification technology.


The undated satellite photo below shows the approximate location of the power station in Eemshaven.

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The power station was proposed by Nuon to have an installed capacity of 1300 megawatts and cost 1 billion euros to construct. The plant, which was originally proposed in September 2005, has been approved to run on syngas derived from coal. Power in Europe noted in September 2007 "Nuon decides to build this plant in phases because of doubling of costs relating to construction and equipment for gasification plant. A 1.2-GW natural gas-fired combined cycle plant will be built first (completion foreseen 2011), followed by coal/biomass gasification plant, replacing natural gas with syngas. Nuon expects within two years to take a decision on the construction of the gasification plant." The newsletter noted that the "the station is to be CO2-capture-ready at latest by 2013."[1]

Postponement of coal gasification

In 2011 it was reported that the power station will be ready at the end of 2012 and will supply two million households. However, Nuon said it was postponing coal gasification technology. The decision was the result of rising coal prices and a long-running challenge by environmental organizations, in which Nuon agreed that it would not bring the gasification part of the plant online before 2020.[2]

Project Details of coal gasification

  • Sponsor: Nuon
  • Parent company: Vattenfall
  • Developer: Mitsubishi (turnkey constructor) & Fabricom (GDF Suez)
  • Location: Eemshaven, Groningen
  • Coordinates: 53.447939, 6.853228 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled as a coal plant (built instead as a combined cycle plant fueled by natural gas)
  • Capacity: 1311 MW
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  • Fuel Type: Natural gas
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Resources and articles


  1. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 32.
  2. "Nuon postpones implementation of IGCC technology at Magnum plant," Gas Turbine World, April 8, 2011.

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