Frimmersdorf power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Frimmersdorf power station is a 635-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

As of October 2017 the coal plant is on stand-by.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss.

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The power plant Frimmersdorf in the city Grevenbroich was one of the largest lignite-fired power plants in Germany. It is located directly on Garzweiler mine in the Rhenish lignite mining area. The first power station in Frimmersdorf was established in 1926 and had an output of 26 megawatts. It was shut down in 1954. The power station later consisted of seventeen coal units, Units A-Q, commissioned from 1956-1970. Units A to B of 100 MW each were retired in 1998. The turbine at block H was damaged in 2005 and placed in reserve status. Units C to O of 150 MW each were retired in 2011 to 2012. Only units P and Q, of 325 MW and 310 MW respectively, are operating. They are planned for closure in 2018.[1]

In October 2017, Frimmersdorf P and Q were taken offline and will be available only on request of transmission system operators.[2]


On Thursday, December 11, 2010, workers staged a protest for three hours, demanding higher pay from the company, RWE, which was in charge of the Frimmersdof coal plant in Germany. The following Friday, December 12, 2010, thousands of workers blocked traffic to and from the coal plants. The worker unions leading the protest, Verdi and IG BCE, demanded 6.5% more pay, citing how RWE had record profits for years.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: RWE Power AG
  • Parent company: RWE AG
  • Developer:
  • Location: Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.055469, 6.57635 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (stand-by)
  • Capacity: 635 MW (Unit P: 325 MW, Unit Q: 310 MW)
  • Start date: 1966 (Unit P), 1970 (Unit Q)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Garzweiler mine
  • Source of financing:

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