Maasvlakte Power Station (Riverstone Holdings)

From Global Energy Monitor

Maasvlakte Power Station is a 800.0-megawatt(MW) coal-fired power station in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Rotterdam.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Onyx Power
  • Parent company: Riverstone Holdings
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 800.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 800.0 MW (2015)
  • Location: Havennummer 8030, Missouriweg 69, 3199 LB Maasvlakte Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Coordinates: 51.9439441, 4.0717328 (exact)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Mixed Imports
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements:

Unit Retirement

The power plant has to shut down or switch to alternative fuel before the end of 2030.[1] In December 2020, it was reported that, following a call for proposals launched by the Dutch government, Onyx Power has applied to receive a subsidy of €238 million in exchange for closing the power plant.[2]


The power station is proposed by Engie (formerly known as GDF Suez). It would have an installed capacity of 800 MW and run on coal and biomass. The notional commissioning date is 2011 or 2012. It is a part of a 3,500 megawatt generation plan by the company which will cost 3.5 billion euros. The project was approved in December 2007 and is proposed to be run on up to 80% biomass.[3]

Electrabel began construction of the plant in 2009, with a schedule of completion by 2013.[4][5][6]

In October 2014 it was reported that the power station was still undergoing testing, after missing a number of deadlines for commissioning.[7]

According to GDF Suez (now Engie), the plant went online in 2014.[8][9][10] However, according to local news reports, the plant began operating in 2015.[11]

In 2019 Engie sold its Dutch and German coal fired power plants to Riverstone Holdings who put the 4 power plants into a newly created subsidiary called Onyx Power who will operate the plants.[12][13]

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