Lippendorf power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Lippendorf power station is an operating power station of at least 1866-megawatts (MW) in Böhlen, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Lippendorf power station Böhlen, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany 51.1845, 12.3729 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit R: 51.184537, 12.372852
  • Unit S: 51.184537, 12.372852
  • Unit Veag-C: 51.184537, 12.372852
  • Unit Veag-IKW: 51.184537, 12.372852
  • Unit CC: 51.18454, 12.37285

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit R operating coal - lignite 933 MW supercritical - - 2035 (planned)
Unit S operating coal - lignite 933 MW supercritical - - 2028 (planned)
Unit Veag-C retired coal - lignite 100 MW subcritical - - 2000
Unit Veag-IKW retired coal - lignite 150 MW subcritical - - 2000
Unit CC announced[1] gas[2] 800 MW[1] combined cycle[1] yes[1] - -

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit R Vereinigte Energiewerke AG Vattenfall AB
Unit S EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Unit Veag-C Vattenfall Europe AG Vattenfall AB
Unit Veag-IKW Vattenfall Europe AG Vattenfall AB
Unit CC Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG EP Corporate Group AS; J&T Energy Holding AS; PPF Investments Ltd; other

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source: United schleenhain coal mine


  • Source of financing:


The original 600 MW power station[3] was replaced between 1999 and 2000 by a new plant, which has two units with capacity of 933 MW each, known as units R and S. The new 933 MW R and S units also replaced the 840 MW Thierback power plant at Espenhain-Thierbach, Germany. The Lippendorf plant is co-owned by Vattenfall and EnBw, and fueled by lignite coal.[4]

In June 2019, plant owner EnBW decided to take its unit S offline: "The evaluation of the various parameters leads EnBW at the present time 'to the business decision not to operate the block in Lippendorf on the market'. Such parameters include the wholesale price, carbon price, market demand, and operating costs."[5]

Coal supply

The fuel for running the plant is guaranteed by long-term supply contracts with central German lignite producers Vereinigte Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlenwerke AG (MIBRAG). Heuersdorf, a village of 320 people, was relocated, as it was on the proposed site for the opencast brown coal mine that was to supply the new Lippendorf power station.[4]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Archived from the original on 2023-04-02. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. Archived from the original on 2023-04-18. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. Jeffrey H. Michel (October 2000). "Eastern German improvements in air quality: win or draw?". Heuersdorf Online. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Lippendorf Power Plant, Germany," Power Tech, accessed April 2016
  5. "Kraftwerk Lippendorf produziert nur noch halb so viel Strom," LVZ, 7.06.2019

Additional data

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