Mehrum power station

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Mehrum power station is an operating power station of at least 750-megawatts (MW) in Hohenhameln, Peine, Lower Saxony, Germany.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Mehrum power station Hohenhameln, Peine, Lower Saxony, Germany 52.3151, 10.0938 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 3: 52.315108, 10.093756

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 3 operating coal - bituminous 750 MW subcritical - -

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 3 Kraftwerk Mehrum GmbH EP Corporate Group AS [56.00%]; J&T Energy Holding AS [44.00%]


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The power station consisted of a 752 MW subcritical coal unit commissioned in 1979. Blocks A and B were decommissioned.[1]

Reserve capacity & retirement

The coal plant was reportedly retired in 2021 as part of the country's 2038 coal phase-out plan[2] and was expected to be fully offline by 2022.[3]

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.[3]

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]

In August 2022, the power station was brought back online. It was the first power station in Germany to be registered for recommissioning from the reserve, and it was authorized to run through April 2023.[5]

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