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Borsod power station was a 137-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Hungary. A new coal-fired power station has been proposed at the location.


The map below shows Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background on Plant

The Borsod power station was a 137 MW power station established in the northeast of Hungary in the early 1950s that fired local brown coal. The plant changed in the 1990s to use imported coal, mainly from Russia, and also biomass, to meet pollution regulations. Owner AES Borsodi Energetikai, the Hungarian arm of U.S. power company AES Corporation, stopped power production at the plant in 2011, which at the time ran mainly on biomass.[1]

Proposed plant

AES has planned to develop a new coal fired power station at the location, comprising two 165 MW coal-fired units. Mott MacDonald (MM) was contracted by AES to generate a conceptual plan for the new plant, which would use a blend of local brown coal and imported black coal, and have biomass firing capabilities.[2]

The original start date was planned for 2012-2013, but may have been cancelled due to difficulties in securing a coal supply.[3]

Project Details of proposed plant

  • Sponsor: AES
  • Parent company:
  • Developer: Mott MacDonald
  • Location: Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 48.25, 21 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 330 MW (2 X 165MW)
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: blend of local brown coal and imported black coal
  • Coal Source: Domestic and imported
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "AES Shuts Two Hungarian Power Plants, an Industrial Info News Alert," Market Wire, April 4, 2011.
  2. "Borsod Coal Fired CFB Project, 330 MWe CHP, Hungary," Mott MacDonald website, accessed January 2013.
  3. András Perger, "The role of coal in the Hungarian electricity sector with special attention to the use of lignite," Energy Club, November 2009.

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