Mehrum power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Mehrum power station is a 752-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Lower Saxony, Germany.

The coal plant was reportedly retired in 2021 as part of the country's 2038 coal phase-out plan,[1] and was expected to be fully offline by 2022.[2]


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Hohenhameln, Peine.

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The power station consisted of a 752 MW subcritical coal unit commissioned in 1979. Blocks A and B were decommissioned.[3]

Reserve capacity & retirement

In December 2021, a decommissioning premium agreed upon in Spring 2021 took effect. However, the firing of the coal delivered via the Mittelland Canal in Mehrum was reportedly not quite over. According to management, a small reserve capacity would be kept available for around four more weeks in the summer of 2022. The network operator Tennet was then expected to connect a new switchgear near the plant. The power plant was listed as belonging to "the EPH holding of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky," and the 120+ employees were expected to transfer to the former owner Enercity, the former Stadtwerke Hannover, after the shutdown.[2]

In June 2022, energy security concerns caused by the war in Ukraine left the fate of the plant unknown. The government considered bringing the plant back online, along with several other coal-fired power stations.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Kraftwerk Mehrum GmbH
  • Parent company: Kraftwerk Mehrum GmbH
  • Location: Hohenhameln, Peine, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Coordinates: 52.315108, 10.093756 (exact)
  • Status: Mothballed
  • Capacity: 752 MW
  • Start date: 1979
  • Projected retirement date: 2022
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
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