(Updates Brunsbuettel, Datteln entries)
March 10 The following list shows the status of
new coal-fired power plant projects in Germany, which are the
focus of environmentalists' campaigning against climate-harming
carbon emissions from the coal-to-power generation process.
Plants in the locations listed in alphabetical order have
Latest updates are marked ***
Vattenfall Europe [VATN.UL] will replace a heat plant with
gas and biomass feedstock rather than hard coal.
GDF Suez GSZ.PA has abandoned plans to build an 800 MW
plant for 2012 at Brunsbuettel on the North Sea. It cites
planning delays, lack of planning security and the absence of a
partner. Local environmental groups had opposed its plans. But
the company is well into building a coal plant of the same size
also on the German North Sea, at Wilhelmshaven.
There is also opposition to plans by Tuebingen utility
Suedweststrom to build two coal blocks of 900 MW each in
Brunsbuettel for a later date. A partial permission has been
obtained, which says the plan is environmentally sound. A
decision is due in 2012.
E.ON (EONGn.DE) now officially expects to start a 1,050 MW
coal-fired plant at the end of 2013, having already delayed it
to 2012 from 2011.
Germany's federal administrative court in 2010 decided in
favour of a regional court ruling against construction. Local
planners in favour of the plant are seeking to change
procedures, which could give the project a second chance.
E.ON has already spent 800 million euros ($1.11 billion). It
says the plant will create jobs and supply power to German
railways, encouraging car petrol savings. If unsuccessful, it
might not be able to replace older, more polluting plants.
EnBW (EBKG.DE) and Switzerland's BKW BKWN.S abandoned a
plan for a coal plant, saying local buyers preferred gas.
The city utility has abandoned plans for a new 400 MW coal
block in favour of gas. A decision is due in first half 2011.
Denmark's Dong [DONG.UL] last October gave up a plan for a
coal plant at Emden and since says it favours gas plants.
Vattenfall Europe last Dec. secured approval for a 200
million euro cooling tower to reduce water intake, too much of
which could endanger wildlife. This removed remaining obstacles
that had blocked progress on permissioning for the huge coal
plant project for two years. But it will curb the profitability
of the plant, and markets and transmission lines will have to be
created to absorb and distribute the surplus heat.
RWE (RWEG.DE) has put off plans for its first commercial
size (450 MW) plant project using carbon capture and storage.
Plans for a project to replace an existing nearly 40-year
old coal block were shelved by the city and partner E.ON.
Utility network Trianel, which is already building a 750 MW
coal plant at Luenen, got approval for another one at Krefeld a
year ago. It aims to obtain building permits in the first
quarter of 2011 and to take a final decision in the spring.
But the political environment has changed to a
Conservative-Green coalition, which is internally at loggerheads
over a number of infrastructure plans. Green campaigners have
criticised calculations presented by Trianel when it first bid
for Luenen and are asking a local court to block the next
Dong pulled out of plans for a 1,600 MW plant in Lubmin on
the Baltic Sea for 2012, citing lack of political support.
[ID:nDKT004778] The project firm is looking for new investors to
build gas fired blocks. Media reports say E.ON and EnBW may be
The ruling local coalition has shelved for good a plan for a
new 800 MW hard-coal fired plant on the banks of the Rhine.
Utility MVV (MVVGn.DE) and its power plant unit GKM have
started building a 1.2 billion euros coal unit for start up in
2013. Executives have dismissed complaints by environmentalists.
MMV's annual report issued Dec. 30 said that after Mannheim,
there will be no further coal-to-power expansion in the group.
Dow Deutschland and EnBW abandoned a plan to build a plant
at the Dow site in North Germany. Separately, E.ON is still
pursuing a project of its own at Stade, which used to be home to
a now idled nuclear power plant, while GDF Suez abandoned
another separate coal project it had nurtured.
The cities of Hanau, Alzenau and Hainburg have decided to
complain in court about permission for E.ON to start with
preparatory work for a new coal-fired block (Number 6) at its
power station at Hanau, near Frankfurt.
The permit includes a cooling power and boiler housings for
a planned 1.2 billion euro project, which is meant to start up
1,100 MW by 2013. This is planned to replace three old blocks at
the site that must shut in 2012.
Public controversy about the project has already caused
E.ON's co-investor, the Hanover city utility, to pull out of its
obligation to share minority parts of the cost. The city
governments say they believe noxious emissions from the new
plant will be too high. E.ON said the emissions will be 20
percent below the combined levels from the old blocks. It says
it will be mindful of the opposition before committing to the
investment, especially now that the group is also looking for
investment opportunities in overseas markets.
A separate listing of known German coal and gas plant
projects can be seen by clicking on [ID:nLDE63I0WK] and one
showing renewable power projects on [ID:nLDE63I1BG].
(Reporting by Vera Eckert)