Maasvlakte Power Station (Riverstone Holdings)
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Maasvlakte Power Station (Riverstone Holdings) is an operating power station of at least 800-megawatts (MW) in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands. It is also known as Maasvlakte GDF and Missouriweg 1.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Maasvlakte Power Station (Riverstone Holdings)||Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands||51.9439, 4.0717 (exact)|
The map below shows the exact location of the power station.
Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):
- Unit 1: 51.9439441, 4.0717328
Table 2: Unit-level details
|Unit name||Status||Fuel(s)||Capacity (MW)||Technology||Start year||Retired year|
|Unit 1||operating||coal - bituminous||800 MW||ultra-supercritical||-||-|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit 1||Onyx Power||Riverstone Holdings LLC|
Project-level coal details
- Coal source: Imported
The power station was proposed by Engie (formerly known as GDF Suez). It was expected to have an installed capacity of 800 MW and run on coal and biomass. The notional commissioning date was 2011 or 2012. It was a part of a 3,500 MW generation plan by the company which was expected to cost 3.5 billion euros. The project was approved in December 2007 and was proposed to be run on up to 80% biomass.
In October 2014, it was reported that the power station was still undergoing testing, after missing a number of deadlines for commissioning.
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.
Coal retirement plans
The power plant has to shut down or switch to alternative fuel before the end of 2030.
In December 2020, it was reported that, following a call for proposals launched by the Dutch government, Onyx Power had applied to receive a subsidy of €238 million in exchange for closing the power plant.
As of November 2021, Riverstone was expected to receive almost the entire amount: a maximum of 212.5 million euros. However, the process required approval from the European Commission, which must determine whether there is no unauthorized state aid when the subsidy amount is paid out (the subsidy awarded may not exceed the expected lost income). If the necessary approval is received, the Onyx power station is expected to stop using coal "within two months" (in 2022).
Articles and Resources
- "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008," Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 32
- "GDF SUEZ begins construction of 800MW biomass and coal plant," Energy Focus, June 22, 2009
- "First Firing of power plant Electrabel Maasvlakte (The Netherlands)," Geldof, July 21, 2013
- "Coal-Fired Plants in the Netherlands," Industcards, accessed October 2015
- "Startup of Dutch coal-fired power plant delayed," World Coal, October 12, 2014
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- "Company profile," GDF Suez, 2014
- "Kolencentrale GDF Suez in gebruik genomen," Rijnmond, February 5, 2015
- "ENGIE to sell its German and Dutch coal assets and boosts the implementation of its strategy," Engie, April 26, 2019
- "Onyx Power" Onyx Power website, accessed April, 2020
- "IEEFA Update: Netherlands, in New Program to Close All Coal-Fired Generation by 2030, Sends European Energy Markets a Sharp Signal" IEEFA.org, October 10, 2017
- "The Netherlands plans new measures to cut power plants CO2 emissions," Enerdata, December 11, 2020
- "Kabinet sluit kolencentrale Rotterdam, bedrijf krijgt 212 miljoen steun," RLT nieuws, November 30, 2021
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