Wolfsburg West power station

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Wolfsburg West power station, also known as Werk Wolfsburg, is a 306-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Wolfsburg West, along with Wolfsburg North 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.

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Background on Plant

Wolfsburg West is a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 306 MW. The plant was completed in 1985, and is owned by Volkswagen.[1]

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

In July 2019, an EPC agreement (engineering, procurement and construction) was awarded to Mitsubishi. The contract includes construction and commissioning and the delivery of two H-100 class gas turbines, two waste heat recovery boilers, two steam turbines and generators and ancillary systems. The new gas-and-steam plant, with a total output of 288 megawatts (MW) of electricity and approx. 265 MW of heat, will go into commercial operation in the fall of 2022.[3]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: VW Kraftwerk GmbH
  • Parent company: Volkswagen AG
  • Location: Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Coordinates: 52.44154409, 10.76507939 (exact)
  • Gross capacity (operating): 306 MW
    • Unit 1: 153 MW (1985) - subcritical coal
    • Unit 2: 153 MW (1985) - subcritical coal
  • Gross capacity (proposed): 288 MW
    • Unit CC1: Gas-fired[4] combined-cycle[4] with CHP[4], 144 MW[4] (start-up in 2022)[2]
    • Unit CC2: Gas-fired[4] combined-cycle[4] with CHP[4], 144 MW[4] (start-up in 2022)[2]

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