Ptolemaida power station
|This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of Greece and coal.|
Ptolemaida power station is a 550-megawatt coal-fired power station in Greece. A fifth unit of 660 MW, Ptolemaida V, is under construction.
The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Ptolemaida.
The plant had five units of 620 MW. The first unit was commissioned in 1959 and the last in 1973. Unit 1 (70 MW) was retired on 18 June 2010 after 50 years of operation. It is owned by Public Power Corp (DEH), and fueled by the adjacent Ptolemais-Amyntaio lignite coal basin. Unit 2 is on standby mode.
Units 3 and 4 were destroyed in a fire in 2014.
Ptolemaida V expansion
Ptolemaida V is to be the fifth coal-fired unit at the Ptolemaida power station, with a generating capacity of 660 megawatts. The total projected budget for the construction of the plant is 1.32 billion euros, of which German investment bank KfW will provide 700 million euros.
The plant will be constructed on the site of a dismantled lignite mine. Construction is set to begin in 2015, and the plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2019.
In September 2015, PPC said it planned to begin construction on Ptolemaida V once "the necessary checks and procedures are concluded." However, according to the WWF, the start of construction requires a deposit of 400 million euros within 2015, which will come from the public company's funds at a time when the Greek government is facing mounting debts: "it is completely irrational for any publicly-owned company to disburse 400 million euros for a project that is economically non-viable."
In December 2019, plant sponsor PPC said it will finish construction of the lignite coal plant by 2022 and operate it until 2028, the year of Greece's planned coal phase-out. Environmental organizations have advocated to transform the half-built plant into sustainable energy infrastructure instead.
The expansion's estimated cost is 1.4 billion euros. The European Investment Bank has withdrawn funding from the expansion project because of its high CO2 emissions and other pollutants. Approximately one half of this amount (€800 million) will be provided by a syndicated bond loan to PPC under the guidance of the German government-owned development bank KfW-IPEX Bank and guaranteed by the German Export Credit Agency, Euler Hermes. The German government has been criticized for coal lending: From 2006 to 2013, German taxpayers put up roughly €3.3 billion in overseas export and development credits linked to coal.
In April 2014 WWF Greece and WWF Germany met with the KfW Bank Group, in order to hand over the petition signed by 15,000 citizens calling the development bank to refrain from financing Ptolemaida V.
Project Details of expansion
- Sponsor: Public Power Corporation of Greece
- Parent company:
- Developer: Terma SA, Hitachi Power Europe
- Location: Ptolemaida, Eordaia, West Macedonia, Greece
- Coordinates: 40.409707, 21.787573 (exact)
- Status: Construction
- Capacity: 660 MW
- Type: Ultra super-critical
- Start date: 2022
- Coal Type: Lignite
- Coal Source:
- Source of financing: KfW Bank
Articles and Resources
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- "Lignite-Fired Plants in Greece," Industcards, accessed April 2016
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- "German funds to go to Ptolemaida V plant" Ekathimerini, November 21, 2012.
- "Ptolemais V," Public Power Corporation of Greece, Mar 29, 2013.
- "Hitachi Power Europe and Terna S.A. will construct Ptolemais V," Hitachi, 9 April 2013
- "Hitachi wins order for 660 MW lignite power plant in Greece," Hitachi.com, Apr 9, 2013
- "Provision of LG for the Construction of the new Lignite Unit Ptolemaida V," PPC Announcement, Sep 17, 2015
- "Reality surpasses Ptolemaida V. Will PPC insist?" WWF, 31 July 2015
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- "Greek coal: The EU’s dirty little secret" Euractiv, 25 Jan 2018
- "Πτολεμαΐδα 5: Ο ελέφαντας στο δωμάτιο της απολιγνιτοποίησης," Energy Press, December 16, 2019
- "New coal-fired power enjoys support among bankers in Germany and Asia," E&E, August 13, 2015
- "Thousands of citizens call on the KfW Bank Group to stop investing in coal, starting from Greece," WWF, April 16, 2014.