Frimmersdorf power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Frimmersdorf power station is a retired coal-fired power station in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The last reserve units at the power station, Units P and Q totaling 635-megawatts (MW), were decommissioned in 2021.

A 1,000 MW expansion was under consideration and then cancelled.[1]

Location

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

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Background

The Frimmersdorf power station in Grevenbroich was one of the largest lignite-fired power plants in Germany. It was 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 (MW). 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 were 100 MW each and retired in 1988. 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.

“Paula” (P) and “Quelle” (Q)

Units P and Q, of 325 MW and 310 MW respectively, were the only units recently operating.[2] In October 2017, Frimmersdorf P and Q were taken offline and made available on request of transmission system operators.[3]

The units were decommissioned in 2021.[4][5]

Opposition

On Thursday, December 11, 2010, workers staged a protest for three hours, demanding higher pay from the company, RWE, 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.[6]

Project Details (P & Q)

  • Sponsor: RWE Power AG
  • Parent company: RWE AG
  • Location: Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.055469, 6.57635 (exact)
  • Status: Retired
  • Capacity: 635 MW (Unit P: 325 MW, Unit Q: 310 MW)
  • Start date: 1966 (Unit P), 1970 (Unit Q)
  • Retirement date: 2021
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Garzweiler mine
  • Source of financing:

Proposed Expansion Details

  • Sponsor: RWE Power AG
  • Parent company: RWE AG
  • Location: Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.0562, 6.5784 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 1,000 MW
  • Start date: unknown
  • Type: ultra-super
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Domestic
  • Source of financing:

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