Heyden power station

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Heyden power station is an operating power station of at least 923-megawatts (MW) in Petershagen, Minden-Lübbecke, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is also known as Petershagen Heyden.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Heyden power station Petershagen, Minden-Lübbecke, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany 52.381609, 8.998612 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 4: 52.381609, 8.998612

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 4 operating coal - bituminous 923 subcritical 1987 2024[1]

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 4 E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): imported


Heyden power station is located near Petershagen in Germany. The current station was commissioned in 1987, but the site has been used for power generation since 1950. It is owned and operated by the German energy corporation E.ON. The hard coal it burns arrives several times a day by rail or by ship to the plant's own dock on the river Weser to be stored until use; the station can stockpile a month's supply of coal. At full capacity, Heyden would burn 265 tonnes of coal every hour.[2]

As of June 2022, the plant was being kept online to ensure energy security in light of the war in Ukraine.[3] The Federal Network Agency deemed the plant "essential", and it was anticipated to remain in operation until September 2022.[4] Following the Replacement Power Plant Provision Act from July 2022, the plant could operate on a temporary basis until as late as 2024.[5]

In August 2022, Uniper stated that Unit 4 would run until April 30, 2023.[6] In September 2023, Uniper stated that Unit 4 would be permanently decommissioned in September 2024.[7]

Articles and Resources


  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20240218235546/https://www.uniper.energy/news/uniper-heyden-4-hard-coal-fired-power-plant-to-be-shut-down-permanently. Archived from the original on 18 February 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. "Heyden Power Station," E.ON, accessed April 2016
  3. "Path to net-zero: European utilities to shift 'harder and faster' post-Ukraine," S&P Global, June 10, 2022
  4. "German Federal Network Agency: Uniper’s Heyden 4 power plant still needed to secure power supply," Uniper, June 1, 2021
  5. "Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Bereithaltung von Ersatzkraftwerken zur Reduzierung des Gasverbrauchs im Stromsektor im Fall einer drohenden Gasmangellage durch Änderungen des Energiewirtschaftsgesetzes und weiterer energiewirtschaftlicher Vorschriften," Deutscher Bundestag, June 21, 2022
  6. "Uniper brings Heyden 4 hard coal-fired power plant back onto the market," Uniper, August 22, 2022
  7. "Uniper Heyden 4 hard-coal-fired power plant to be shut down permanently," Uniper, September 5, 2023

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