Hemweg power station
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Hemweg power station was a 680.0-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.
The map below shows the location of the plant in Amsterdam, Westpoort.
Background on Plant
Hemweg 8 power station is a one-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 680 MW. The plant was completed in 1985, and is owned by Vattenfall Group. The 500-MW gas-fired unit Hemweg-7 went online in 1979 and was closed on 1 January 2012.
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.
In March 2019 it was reported the plant will 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. 
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."
- Owner: Vattenfall Group
- Parent company: Vattenfall Group
- Location: Amsterdam, Westpoort, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
- Coordinates: 52.405403, 4.847485 (exact)
- Plant Nameplate Capacity: 680.0 MW (Megawatts)
- Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 8: 680.0 MW (1985)
- Type: Supercritical
- Coal type:
- Coal source: Worldwide import.
- Unit Retirements: Unit 8 closed down in December of 2019
Articles and resources
- "Coal-Fired Plants in the Netherlands," Industcards, accessed April 2016
- 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
- "Dutch government tells Vattenfall to shut 650 MW coal plant by end-2019", Reuters, March 9, 2019.
- "Dutch to close Amsterdam coal-fired power plant four years early," Reuters, March 7, 2019