Kurzeme power station

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of coal issues in Latvia

Kurzeme power station is a proposed 435- to 460-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Latvia.


The plant is being considered for two locations: Lepaja and Ventspils. The two are shown on the map below.

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Background on Plant

The proposed Kurzeme power station is being considered by state-owned Latvenergo as a back-up supply option in case the Visagina nuclear power plant is not built. The project would use either subcritical coal technology (435 MW gross, 400 MW net, efficiency 43.8%) or circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology (460 MW gross, 439 MW net, efficiency 43.3%). The project will use 85% bituminous coal and 15% biomass. Coal will be supplied by sea or railway. Pre-feasibility studies were made in 2004-2006 and updated in 2008. Because the Visagina nuclear plant is still being pursued, the status of Kurzeme is considered to be on hold.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Latvenergo (state-owned utility)
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Lepaja or Ventspils, Latvia
  • Coordinates: 56.5367562, 21.0379702 (approximate - Lepaja); 57.4094079, 21.5946954 (approximate - Ventspils)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 435 MW gross (subcritical pulverized coal technology at 250 bar and 540 degrees C); 460 MW gross (circulating fluidized bed technology)
  • Type: Subcritical or Circulating Fluidized Bed
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

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