29 NEW COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS ON ORDER IN GERMANY
Germany is expanding its coal-burning programme.
Here are a few of the new and planned coal-fired power stations, with completion dates in brackets:
EVONIK, Walsum (Duisburg), 800 MW black coal (2010)
RWE, Neurath (Cologne), 2 x 800 MW lignite (2009)
RWE Westfalen (Dortmund-Hamm, 2 x 800 MW black coal (2011)
EON Datteln (Dortmund), 1 x 1100 MW (!) black coal (2011)
ENBW Karlsruhe, 1 x 800 MW black coal (2011)
Trianel (municipality) Lünen, 1 x 800 MW black coal (2011)
Vattenfall Moorburg (Hamburg), 2 x 800 MW black coal (2011)
Vattenfall Boxberg (close to Leipzig), 1 x 800 MW lignite (2011)
In mainland Europe the German utilities are building the following units:
EON, Maasvlakte (Rotterdam), 1 x 1100 MW black coal
RWE Eemshaven (NL), 2 x 800 MW black coal.
This comes to about 11 GW, whilst we are about to close down many of our coal plants. These German plants are high efficiency, with a conversion factor of 45 percent. British coal sets are slightly lower - they deliver about 38 percent.
Replacing our current coal capacity with high efficiency sets would, therefore, save more "carbon" (not a valid concept, but i'll use the jargon) than the savings which the entire wind programme, current and planned, can deliver.
29 May 11
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