Wilhelmshaven Engie power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Wilhelmshaven Engie power station is a 830-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany.[1]

The power station is separate from the Wilhelmshaven E.ON power station.


The map below shows the location of the power station in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany.

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The Wilhelmshaven Engie power plant, originally sponsored by GDF Suez (now renamed Engie SA), began construction in September 2008. The power plant was originally scheduled to go online in mid-2012; however, the commissioning date was postponed to late 2013 due to problems with leaks in the power plant structure. The plant began its trial operations in December 2012, which ended in late October ,2015. During that period, the power plant had already been supplying energy to the public grid for some time. When raising the initial investment to fund the construction for the power plant, Engie SA brought in several sponsors, including Berlin BKW Energie Wilhelmshaven Beteiligungs-GmbH (52%), Berlin (33%), and WSW Energie & Wasser AG, Wuppertal (15%).[1]

In April 2019, Engie SA sold the Wilhelmshaven power plant, along with three others, to Onyx Power (a subsidiary of U.S. private equity firm Riverstone Holdings), in an attempt to exit from the coal industry in Europe.[2] According to IEEFA, an energy financing non-profit, the Wilhelmshaven power plant will have a negative discounted cash flow for some time. Instead of selling the power plant, a responsible closure on Engie's part would have meant closing the plant down instead, ideally by 2030.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Onyx Power
  • Parent company: Riverstone Holdings
  • Location: the state of Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Coordinates: 53.5748, 8.1370 (exact)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Imported
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 830 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired ultra-super, 830 MW (start-up in 2015)

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kraftwerk Wilhelmshaven (2015) – Wikipedia". de.wikipedia.org (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  2. Rack, Yannic (April 24, 2019). "Engie sells its last European coal plants to US investment firm". SP Global. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  3. Wynn, Gerard; Coghe, Paolo (September 2018). "Why Engie Should Close, Not Sell, Its Coal-Fired Power Plants in Germany" (PDF). IEEFA. IEEFA. Retrieved 2021-06-21.

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