Wolfsburg North power station

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Wolfsburg North power station, also known as Werk Wolfsburg Nord power station, is a 140-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Wolfsburg North, along with Wolfsburg West power station, provides electricity and heat to the VW Wolfsburg factory and related urban areas.

Both power stations are planned to be converted to natural gas by 2022.


The map below shows the location of the plant in Wolfsburg, on the Mittelland Canal.

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Background on Plant

Wolfsburg North is a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 140 MW. The plant was completed in 2000, and is owned by Volkswagen. The origins of the plant dates back to 1938. It serves VW's largest auto factory, as well as provides local heat supply.[1]

On March 8, 2018, Volkswagen AG announced it will invest €400 million (US$494 million) to modernize its Wolfsburg North and Wolfsburg West power station, converting them from hard coal to natural gas. The conversion is expected to be completed by 2021-2022.[2]

Volkswagen plans to replace the coal-fired boilers at Wolfsburg North power station with a combined-cycle (gas and steam turbine) system and three hot water boilers. In the future, these facilities will generate about 136 megawatts of electric power and about 386 megawatts of heat energy.[3]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: VW Kraftwerk GmbH
  • Parent company: Volkswagen AG
  • Location: Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Coordinates: 52.433143, 10.78735 (exact)
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 140 MW
    • Unit 1: 70 MW (2000) - subcritical coal
    • Unit 2: 70 MW (2000) - subcritical coal
  • Gross generating capacity (proposed): 136 MW
    • Unit A: Gas-fired[4] combined-cycle[4] with CHP[4], 68 MW[4] (start-up in 2021)[3]
    • Unit B: Gas-fired[4] combined-cycle[4] with CHP[4], 68 MW[4] (start-up in 2021)[3]

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