Lippendorf power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Lippendorf power station is an 1,866-megawatt (MW) power station in Saxony, Germany.

The power station consists of two 933MW units, units R and S. 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."[1]


The undated satellite below shows the plant near Leipzig.

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The original 600 MW power station[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Vattenfall Europe AG, EnBw
  • Parent company: Vattenfall (Unit R), EnBw (Unit S)
  • Developer:
  • Location: Böhlen, Leipzig, Sachsen (Saxony), Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.184537, 12.372852 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 1,866 MW (Units R&S: 933 MW)
  • Start date: 1999-2000
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Domestic
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Kraftwerk Lippendorf produziert nur noch halb so viel Strom," LVZ, 7.06.2019
  2. Jeffrey H. Michel (October 2000). "Eastern German improvements in air quality: win or draw?". Heuersdorf Online. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Lippendorf Power Plant, Germany," Power Tech, accessed April 2016

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