Torony power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Torony power station was a proposed 600 MW power station for Torony, Hungary.


The map below shows Torony, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background on Plant

According to András Perger's "The role of coal in the Hungarian electricity sector with special attention to the use of lignite": "The idea to open a mine and to build a power plant in [Torony] Hungary was raised then discussed extensively in 2003-2005. A Hungarian coal mining company (with an unidentified interest group behind it) asked the mining authority for a permit for exploratory drilling. The plans soon raised objections among the affected villages, and the question rapidly became a political issue. The protesting municipalities expressed environmental concerns, worried about the effects of the investment on tourism, and started to modify their development plans to exclude lignite mining. Even the Prime Minister of the day assured his support, as well as Austrian municipalities which joined the protest.

"Finally, the authority refused to grant permission, and the company went to court. Although it won the court case, it continued to the Highest Court, which ordered a re-trial. Finally, in an unconnected development, a liquidation process was started against the bankrupted company, and the idea of opening a mine at Torony was dropped from the agenda – at least for now."[1]

Project Details

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  • Location: Torony, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 47.23626, 16.53706 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 600 MW
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  • Coal Type: Hard coal
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