Hemweg power station

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Hemweg power station is an operating power station of at least 440-megawatts (MW) in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Hemweg power station Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands 52.4049, 4.8465 (exact)[1]

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 8, Unit 9: 52.4049, 4.8465

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 8 retired coal - bituminous 685 supercritical 1995 2019
Unit 9 operating[2] fossil gas - natural gas[3] 440[3] combined cycle[2] 2012[3]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 8 Vattenfall AB [100.0%]
Unit 9 Vattenfall AB [100.0%]


Units 1-4 of Hemweg were coal-fired and each had 52.5 MW capacities (210 MW total) and started operating in the 1950s. All four of those units were retired in 1978.[4]

Units 5 and 6 used natural gas and fuel oil. Each has a capacity of 125 MW (250 MW total), began operating in the late 1990s and were retired in 1995.[5]

The 500-MW gas-fired unit Hemweg-7 went online in 1979 and was closed on 1 January 2012.[6]

Hemweg 8 power station was a one-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 680 MW. The plant was completed in 1985, and was owned by Vattenfall Group.

In March 2017 it was reported that, after utility N.V. Nuon Energy of Vattenfall missed out on a subsidy for biomass co-firing at the plant, the company started looking to either 1) close the plant (if the Dutch government would be willing to account for part of the costs), or 2) sell it off to some third party. In response, Dutch energy company Vandebron offered Nuon €1 million for plant, with plans to to shut the plant down and turn it into a theme park. Nuon turned the offer down.[7]

In March 2019 it was reported that Hemweg 8 would be closed by the end of 2019, four years earlier than was being discussed. The decision followed a 2018 court order instructing the government to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are reduced from 1990 levels by at least 25 percent by the end of 2020.[8] [9]

Vattenfall said that "the Dutch government has indicated that the level of the compensation for losses will be discussed further in the coming period. Vattenfall has confidence in a good outcome of those discussions."[8]

Articles and Resources


  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20240120000215/https://zenodo.org/records/3574566. Archived from the original on 20 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20221107230119/https://transparency.entsoe.eu/. Archived from the original on 07 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 https://web.archive.org/web/20240124174722/https://powerplants.vattenfall.com/hemweg-9/. Archived from the original on 24 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Kraftwerk Hemweg". Wikipedia. Retrieved December 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Hemweg". centraleinfo.net. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  6. "Coal-Fired Plants in the Netherlands," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  7. Rogier van Rooij, "Energy Startup Vandebron Bids €1 Million On Dutch Coal Power Plant To Turn It Into Theme Park," Clean Technica, March 24, 2017
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Dutch government tells Vattenfall to shut 650 MW coal plant by end-2019", Reuters, March 9, 2019.
  9. "Dutch to close Amsterdam coal-fired power plant four years early," Reuters, March 7, 2019

Additional data

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