GKM (Mannheim) power station

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GKM Mannheim power station is a 2,147-megawatt (MW) coal plant owned by Grosskraftwerk Mannheim (GKM) in Baden-Württenberg, Germany.

Location

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Background

The GKM Mannheim power station originally consisted of the following units, commissioned from 1954 to 1993:[1]

  • Unit 1: 125 MW
  • Unit 2: 160 MW
  • Units 3 and 4: 220 MW each
  • Unit 5: 430 MW
  • Unit 6: 280 MW
  • Unit 7: 475 MW
  • Unit 8: 480 MW

Units 1-2 and unit 5 have been retired. Units 3-4 were retired in 2015, after unit 9 came online.[1]

Unit 9

Unit 9 was a proposed 912 MW ultra-supercritical unit. A Power in Europe newsletter described the GKW consortium consisting of "RWE Power with 40%, ENBW Kraftwerke with 32% and MVV Energie with 28%". The concept of the project is that it replace two existing 220 MW units (units 3-4). "The project has political, trade union and industry support, but environmental groups are opposed to the plan," Power in Europe reports.[2]

According to Deutsche Umwelthilfe, the project received its emission permit in July 2009 and its water permit in August 2009. Construction began in June 2012. A lawsuit by BUND was refused in July 2011. As of November 2012, the project was categorized as "under construction" with heavy delay.[3]

The 912 MW plant was commissioned in 2015.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Grosskraftwerk Mannheim
  • Parent company: RWE AG, EnBW AG, and MVV Energie AG
  • Developer:
  • Location: Mannheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Coordinates: 49.445694, 8.490444 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 2,147 MW (Unit 6: 280 MW, Unit 7: 475 MW, Unit 8: 480 MW, Unit 9: 912 MW)
  • Start date: 1975 (Unit 6), 1982 (Unit 7), 1993 (Unit 8), 2015 (Unit 9)
  • Type: Subcritical (Units 6-8), Ultra-supercritical (Unit 9)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Coal-Fired Plants in Germany: Baden-Wurttemberg and Bayern," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  2. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 22.
  3. "Projects of coal-fired power plants in Germany since 2007," Deutsche Umwelthilfe, November 2012

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