Zeltweg power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Zeltweg power station is a retired 137-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the state of Styria, Austria.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in the state of Styria, Austria.

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The Zeltweg power station was commissioned in 1962 by Verbund. Originally fueled by lignite coal, it was converted to hard coal (anthracite) in 1982 after the nearby coal mine that was supplying its fuel was shut down. In 1996 the plant was partially automated and reached its highest electricity production — 229 gigawatt hours.[2] In 1997, a biomass gasification unit was installed to add a renewable source of fuel. The plant's new fuel included bark, sawdust, wood chips, and other supplementary fuel, which was co-fired along with coal until the coal-fired parts of the plant were suspended in 1998. The coal-fired unit was kept as standby for peakload energy production. By the time it had closed, it had been in operation for over 110,000 hours, while the maintenance costs had added up to around 1.85 million Euros per year. The remaining biomass gasification unit still employs 42 employees.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Zeltweg Krafwerk
  • Parent company: Verbund
  • Location: the state of Styria, Austria
  • Coordinates: 47.2500, 15.1667 (exact)
  • Coal type: Lignite (1962-1982), Anthracite (1982-1998)
  • Coal source: nearby coal mine (1962-1982)
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 137 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired (unknown combustion technology), 137 MW (start-up in 1962)
  • Number of employees (as of 2000): 42

Articles and Resources


  1. "Zeltweg Coal Power Plant". Industry About. January 30, 2015. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  2. Jarvinen, TImo (January 2001). "Table 16 . Operating data of the power plant during last 5 years of use". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  3. Simader, Gunter (January 3, 2000). "Analysis Report of Power Plant Zeltweg" (PDF). Sustainable Development. Retrieved May 19, 2021.