Lünen power station (KSBG)

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Lünen power station (KSBG) is a retired power station in Luenen, Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Lünen power station (KSBG) Luenen, Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany 51.6140, 7.4813 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 6: 51.614042, 7.481345
  • Unit 7: 51.614042, 7.481345

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 6 retired coal - bituminous 170 MW subcritical - -
Unit 7 retired coal - bituminous 350 MW subcritical - -

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 6 STEAG GmbH Kommunale Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH & Co KG
Unit 7 STEAG GmbH Kommunale Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH & Co KG


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The power station consisted of two units, one 170 MW and one 350 MW, commissioned in 1962 and 1969. The operator was STEAG and owner was KSBG, a consortium of seven municipal utilities that served the Ruhr district. The power station also provided power to German Railways. In November 2012, STEAG and German Railways extended the contract for the supply of 110 MW traction power until 2018.[1]

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.[2]

The two coal-fired units were retired in August 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]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Kraftwerk Lünen," Wikipedia (German), accessed April 2016
  2. "German companies to close coal units with 817 MW capacity," Platts, 5 Mar 2018
  3. "Data," Beyond Coal Europe, June 20, 2019
  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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