Lünen power station (KSBG)

From Global Energy Monitor

Lünen Power Station (KSBG) was a two-unit, 520-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

In March 2018, Steag said it had filed a closure request with German grid regulator BNetzA to close the 520 MW coal plant by March 2019.[1]

The two coal-fired units were retired in August 2018.[2]


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Lünen.

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The power station consists of two units, one 170 MW and one 350 MW, commissioned in 1962 and 1969. The operator is STEAG and owner is KSBG, a consortium of seven municipal utilities that serve the Ruhr district. The power station also provides power to German Railways. In November 2012, STEAG and German Railways extended the contract for the supply of 110 MW traction power until 2018.[3]

Proposed expansion cancelled

A new unit at the power station was proposed by STEAG. It would have an installed capacity of 750 megawatts, with a notional date to be online in 2012. Power in Europe reported that the public hearing on the project was set for August 2007 and that the environmental group, BUND, was planning a legal challenge. A year earlier the newsletter noted that the project had "yet to find partners". The project is unrelated to the Trianel Power station in Lünen.[4]

According to Deutsche Umwelthilfe, the expansion project has not been pursued since 2007.[5]


As of the 5th of September 2014, the KSBG Kommunale Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. is the sole shareholder in STEAG GmbH. The company is a consortium of seven municipal utilities that serve the Ruhr district: Stadtwerke Duisburg AG, Dortmunder Stadtwerke AG, Dortmunder Energie- und Wasserversorgung GmbH, Stadtwerke Bochum GmbH, Stadtwerke Essen AG, Stadtwerke Dinslaken GmbH, Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: STEAG GmbH
  • Parent company: KSBG (a consortium of seven municipal utilities that serve the Ruhr district)
  • Developer:
  • Location: Luenen (Lünen), Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.614042, 7.481345 (exact)
  • Status: Retired (2019)
  • Capacity: 520 MW (Unit 1: 170 MW, Unit 2: 350 MW)
  • Start date: 1962 (Unit 6), 1969 (Unit 7)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "German companies to close coal units with 817 MW capacity," Platts, 5 Mar 2018
  2. "Data," Beyond Coal Europe, June 20, 2019
  3. "Kraftwerk Lünen," Wikipedia (German), accessed April 2016
  4. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 20.
  5. "Projects of coal-fired power plants in Germany since 2007," Deutsche Umwelthilfe, November 2012
  6. "STEAG's Owners," STEAG, accessed April 2016

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