Lausward power station

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Lausward power station is a 826-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

The coal blocks were closed in 2013 and replaced with a 595 MW gas-fired combined cycle unit, known as Block Fortuna or Unit F. A new coal plant had been considered but rejected in favor of the new gas plant.


The undated satellite below shows the plant near Dusseldorf harbour in Germany.

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Lausward power station originally consisted of five blocks, blocks A-E, commissioned from 1957 to 1977. In 1998, the first three blocks A-C were shut down and replaced by two gas turbines. The remaining two blocks are coal-fired; Unit D is 150 MW and Unit E 300 MW. The plant is owned by Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG of EnBW AG.[1]

The coal-fired power station was demolished in 2013 to make way for construction of the gas plant. The 595 MW Lausward gas-fired power plant, named Block Fortuna, replaced the old coal-fired plant and is a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT). It entered service in 2016.[2]

Proposed coal plant

A 400 MW coal plant was proposed at the power station. Power in Europe newsletter reported in 2008 that Stadtwerke Dusseldorf was considering a 400 megawatt unit with a notional commissioning date of 2012. The newsletter describes the status of the project as "pre-proposal". It reports that SWB planned to make a final decision on the project in "late 07/early 08" and that it would "reduce emissions by 27% compared with old coal units at the site." [3]

Coal plant cancelled for gas plant

As of July 2009, the city utility had put off plans for the new coal-fired unit, citing environmental concerns and local opposition to coal pollution. It was reported in October 2012 that the plant would be designed as a single-shaft plant with natural gas powered turbine.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG[5]
  • Parent company: EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
  • Location: Dusseldorf, the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.2214, 6.7313 (exact)[6]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 826 MW
    • Block A: Gas-fired[5] combined cycle[5] with CHP[5], 100 MW[5] (start-up in 2000)[5]
    • Unit E1: Gas-fired[7] open-cycle gas turbine[7], 67 MW[7] (start-up in 1974)[7]
    • Unit E2: Gas-fired[8] open-cycle gas turbine[8], 65 MW[8] (start-up in 1975)[8]
    • Unit F: Gas-fired[9] combined cycle[9] with CHP[9], 595 MW[9] (start-up in 2016)[9]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Coal-Fired Plants in Nordrhein-Westfalen," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  2. "Site visit: Siemens gas power plant, Germany," ME Construction News, 25 Jul 2015
  3. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 22.
  4. "Siemens to build 595 MW combined cycle gas-fired power plant in Germany" Siemens, July 2, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Kraftwerksliste, ID BNA0220 Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency), version from August 2019
  6. Global Power Plant Database v.1.2.0, ID WRI1005710 World Resources Institute, June 2019
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Kraftwerksliste, ID BNA0221b Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency), version from August 2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Kraftwerksliste, ID BNA0221a Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency), version from August 2019
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Kraftwerksliste, ID BNA1817 Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency), version from August 2019

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