Frimmersdorf power station

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Frimmersdorf power station is an operating power station of at least 635-megawatts (MW) in Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Frimmersdorf power station Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany 51.055469, 6.57635 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit C, Unit D, Unit E, Unit F, Unit G, Unit H, Unit I, Unit J, Unit K, Unit L, Unit M, Unit N, Unit O, Unit P, Unit Q: 51.055469, 6.57635
  • New Unit: 51.056231, 6.578444

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Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
New Unit cancelled coal - lignite 1000 ultra-supercritical
Unit C retired coal - lignite 140 subcritical 1957 2011
Unit D retired coal - lignite 141 subcritical 1957 2011
Unit E retired coal - lignite 141 subcritical 1959 2012
Unit F retired coal - lignite 143 subcritical 1960 2012
Unit G retired coal - lignite 135 subcritical 1960 2011
Unit H retired coal - lignite 150 subcritical 1961 2012
Unit I retired coal - lignite 139 subcritical 1960 2012
Unit J retired coal - lignite 150 subcritical 1962 2012
Unit K retired coal - lignite 148 subcritical 1962 2012
Unit L retired coal - lignite 142 subcritical 1962 2012
Unit M retired coal - lignite 150 subcritical 1962 2012
Unit N retired coal - lignite 147 subcritical 1964 2012
Unit O retired coal - lignite 145 subcritical 1964 2012
Unit P operating coal - lignite 325 subcritical 1966 2021 (planned)
Unit Q operating coal - lignite 310 subcritical 1970 2021 (planned)

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
New Unit RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit C RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit D RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit E RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit F RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit G RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit H RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit I RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit J RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit K RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit L RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit M RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit N RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit O RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit P RWE Power AG [100.0%]
Unit Q RWE Power AG [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Garzweiler mine, domestic


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

The units were decommissioned in 2021.[3][4]

Proposed expansion

A 1,000 MW expansion was under consideration and then cancelled.[5]


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]

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