Schwarze Pumpe power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Schwarze Pumpe power station is an operating power station of at least 1600-megawatts (MW) in Spremberg, Spree-Neiße, Brandenburg, Germany with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Schwarze Pumpe power station Spremberg, Spree-Neiße, Brandenburg, Germany 51.537855, 14.353492 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit A, Unit B: 51.537855, 14.353492
  • Unit CC: 51.53786, 14.35349

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit A operating coal - lignite 800 supercritical 1997 2038 (planned)
Unit B operating coal - lignite 800 supercritical 1998 2038 (planned)
Unit CC pre-construction[1][2] gas[1] 800[1] combined cycle[1] yes[1] 2028[1]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit A Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG [100.0%]
Unit B Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG [100.0%]
Unit CC Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG[1] LEAG Holding [100.0%]


Schwarze Pumpe power station is a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 1,600 MW. The plant was completed between 1997 and 1988, and is owned by Vattenfall Group.[3]

CCS test plant

Starting in 2006, there was a 30 MW carbon capture and storage test plant at the site. On May 6 2014, Vattenfall announced that it was discontinuing all research into CCS because they found its costs and the energy it requires makes the technology unviable.[4]

Proposed plant

In 2009, the Environmental Defense Fund reported plans for a "lignite-fired power plant to replace obsolete unit at Schwarze Pumpe (Bradenburg)".[5] The new plant was never built.

However, a new plan was unveiled for an 800 MW gas-fired power unit, which is expected to also be capable of burning a partial mix of Hydrogen. The new unit is planned to start at 2028, with the retirement of the currently existing units.[6]

Articles and Resources


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  3. "Schwarze Pumpe power station". Siemens. 2005-07-07. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  4. "Schwarze Pumpe Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project," MIT, updated Feb 12, 2016
  5. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  6. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

Additional data

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