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)|
The map below shows the exact location of the power station.
Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):
- Unit 3: 52.315108, 10.093756
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Articles and Resources
- "Mehrum Coal Power Plant Germany," GEO, accessed April 2016
- "Germany awards second round of permits to close hard coal plants," euractiv, April 2, 2021
- "Kraftwerke Deuben und Mehrum gehen vom Netz," Energie & Management, December 7, 2021
- "Lies: Kohlekraftwerk Mehrum könnte am Netz bleiben," NDR, June 21, 2022
- "Mehrum coal-fired power plant is back on the grid," Energate Messenger, August 1, 2022
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