Orot Rabin power station
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Orot Rabin power station (Hebrew: אורות רבין, lit. Rabin Lights) is a 2,650-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station Haifa, Israel. It is owned and operated by Israel Electric Corporation (IEC).
The plant is converting from coal to natural gas.
The plant is situated on the Mediterranean coast in Hadera.
Background on Plant
Construction of the station began in 1973. Its total generating capacity is 2,650 MW of electricity using six power generating units. Units 1-4 were commissioned in 1981-1984 and units 5-6 in 1995-1996. A coal port is attached directly to the station which supplies all its coal consumption needs.
In early 2020, the Israel Electric Corp. (IEC) asked the Ministry of Environmental Protection for delay in the closure of Unit 3 of the Rutenberg power station and then permit modifications. It appears the Ministry noted that in order to approve a particular request, the IEC would have to disable some of the coal-fired units at the Orot Rabin power station which don't have scrubbers, as "they are some of the most polluting units operating in Israel. This would balance out the additional pollutants that will be emitted during the period when Unit 3 is operating." The current situation is uncertain although it appears coal units at both power stations may still be running.
In August 2016, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said units 1-4 of the power station would be shut down within six years. The units would be replaced with gas plants fed by the Leviathan, Karish, and Tanin gas reservoirs. An examination would occur as to how the coal-burning units 1-4 could be preserved as a backup source of electricity for use in emergency situations, which would allow them to be revived within two weeks if necessary.
In July 2018, the Government of Israel approved Minister Steinitz's proposal to shut down coal burning at Orot Rabin units 1-4 no later than June 2022.
Conversion to gas power
In April 2019, General Electric (GE) was contracted to build the first of two combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) units intended to convert part of the Orot Rabin coal-fired power plant to burn gas. A second contract was awarded to GE in January 2020. The plant is expected to enter commercial operation for the first gas unit in 2022.
- Sponsor: Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)
- Parent company: Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)
- Location: Hadera, Haifa, Israel
- Coordinates: 32.4699019, 34.886297 (exact)
- Coal-fired units:
- Type: Subcritical
- Planned retire: 2022
- Coal Type: Bituminous
- Coal Source: Imported
- Gross generating capacity (operating): 2,650 MW
- Unit 1: 375 MW (started 1982)
- Unit 2: 375 MW (started 1981)
- Unit 3: 375 MW (started 1983)
- Unit 4: 375 MW (started 1984)
- Unit 5: 575 MW (started 1995)
- Unit 6: 575 MW (started 1996)
- Gas-fired units:
Articles and resources
- "Coal-Fired Plants Elsewhere," Industcards, accessed August 2016
- “Corona Consequences - Electric Co. Asks Ministry for Another Delay in Shutdown of 3rd Unit at Rutenberg Power Plant,” Ministry of Environmental Protection, May 14, 2020
- "Hadera coal chimneys to be shut down, replaced by gas within six years," The Jerusalem Post, August 25, 2016
- "The government approved the Minister of Energy, Dr. Yuval Steinitz's proposal: Shutting down the coal power station in Hadera in 4 years," Israel Ministry of Energy, July 29, 2018
- "Israel to stop electricity production from coal by 2030," Reuters, December 17, 2018
- "Israel to end coal era by 2025: energy minister," Xinhua Net, November 13, 2019
- "Israel Contracts GE For Power Plant Upgrade," Mees, April 19, 2019
- "Israel Electric Corporation Awards Second Contract to GE for HA Gas Turbine Technology," GE Newsroom, January 14, 2020
- Google Maps, accessed September 8, 2020
- "Israel Electric Corporation Awards Contract to GE for HA Gas Turbine Technology," GE News, accessed April 16, 2019
- "Orot Rabin Modernization Project," NS Energy, accessed September 9, 2020
- "Orot Rabin combined cycle plant banks on 9HA technology," Gas Turbine World, April 28, 2020
- "אושרה הקמת שתי תחנות כוח בחדרה - שיפעלו באמצעות גז," כלכליסט, January 7, 2020