RDK (Karlsruhe) power station

From Global Energy Monitor

RDK (Karlsruhe) power station, also known as the Rheinhafen power station, has 1,815 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity (1,462 MW coal-fired and 353 MW gas-fired) in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Location

The undated satellite below shows the power station in Karlsruhe.

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Background

The power station consisted of the following coal- and gas-fired units:[1]

  • Units 1 & 2: 64 MW each
  • Units 3: 100 MW
  • Unit 4S: 353 MW
  • Units 5 & 6: 180 MW each
  • Unit 7: 550 MW
  • Unit 8: 912 MW

The first seven units were commissioned from 1955 to 1985, and unit 8 in 2014. Units 1 to 3 have been shut down since the 1980s; both oil and gas-fired units 5 and 6 are since 1993 in cold reserve, meaning they can start operating again after an interval. Unit 4S is a combined cycle natural gas-fired plant.[2] The coal-fired power plant unit 7 has been used for intermediate load and coal-fired unit 8 for baseload.[3]

Unit 8

In April 2008 Power in Europe listed the project status as being "tendering, proposed" with a notional commissioning date of 2011/2012. It also listed the installed capacity as being in the range of 890-912 megawatts with "400?" in brackets. The project was approved by the ENBW board in December 2006. The newsletter also noted that the company was also "actively investigating" a 400 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine plant on the same site. Both the projects are slated as replacement for nuclear power stations set to be retired.[4]

According to a November 2012 report by Deutsche Umweltshilfe, the project was under construction with expected completion in 2013.[5]

Unit 8 was commissioned in 2014 with a capacity of 910 MW.[3][1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG[6]
  • Parent company: nBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG[7]
  • Location: Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Coordinates: 49.013306, 8.305416 (exact)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 1815 MW

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Fossil fuel" EnBW, accessed December 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 Das Rheinhafen-Dampfkraftwerk Karlsruhe, ENBW
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Karlsruhe RDK 7 and 8 Power Plant Germany," GEO, accessed April 2016
  4. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 21.
  5. "Projects of coal-fired power plants in Germany since 2007," Deutsche Umwelthilfe, November 2012
  6. Kraftwerksliste, ID BNA0514 Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency), version from August 2019
  7. Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) 529900JSFZ4TS59HKD79 Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, accessed January 2020
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Bundesnetzagentur - Kraftwerksliste

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