Ibbenbüren-B power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Ibbenbüren-B power station is an 838-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Ibbenbüren, Steinfurt.

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The 838-MW hard-coal-fired unit generated electricity for the first time on 19 June 1985. For the production of electricity, anthracite coal is mined from a neighboring pit. Besides anthracite coal, the plant uses fuel oil, lignite coal, and sewage sludge.[1]


During the first German auction to decommission hard coal-fired power plants, RWE Generation was allocated compensation for both the 800 megawatt Unit E of its Westfalen power plant in Hamm and its 800 megawatt Unit B of the Ibbenbüren power plant. As a consequence, RWE will no longer be entitled to market the electricity generated in these plants after December 31, 2020. Subject to the review by the transmission system operators, the last two hard coal-fired power plants of RWE in Germany will be decommissioned. For both plants, with a total net capacity of 1,560 megawatts, the company will receive 216 million euros in line with the awards of the auction.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: RWE Power AG
  • Parent company: RWE AG
  • Developer:
  • Location: Ibbenbüren, Steinfurt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 52.28579, 7.74601 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 838 MW
  • Start date: 1985
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Anthracite
  • Coal Source: Domestic
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Ibbenbüren power plant," RWE, accessed April 2016
  2. RWE (2020-12-01). "Compensation allocated at hard coal phase-out auction: RWE closes power stations in Hamm and Ibbenbüren". www.group.rwe. Retrieved 2021-04-09.

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