Datteln Power Station

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Datteln Power Station was a 319-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned by E.ON Kraftwerke in Datteln, Germany.

It is the site of a proposed new 1,100 MW coal plant.


The undated satellite below shows the site of the retired plant in Datteln.

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The original power plant consisted of three units, units 1 to 3, commissioned in 1964, 1965 and 1969. They were retired in 2014.[1]

Unit 4 expansion

Unit 4 is a proposed 1,100 MW coal plant at the power station, to replace units 1-3. After the announcement, Friends of the Earth International filed a lawsuit in hopes of stopping its construction.[2] In July 2006 Power in Europe reported that E.ON decided to proceed with the proposal with construction slated to begin at the end of 2006. A year later the newsletter reported that the company had requested tenders for bids for “specialist building works” to take place May 2008-May 2010.[3]

In 2011 E.ON Kraftwerke reported that the plant was set to begin operation by the end of 2013. However, Germany's federal administrative court in 2010 decided in favor of a regional court ruling against construction of the plant. As of 2011 local planners in favor of the plant were seeking to change procedures.[4]

In December 2015 EON plant said it expected to receive approval by the district government of Muenster to build and operate the Datteln-4 hard-coal plant by January 2016. It may be built within two years of getting its permits.[5]

Articles and Resources


  1. "E.ON Facts & Figures," E.ON, March 2015
  2. "Germany: successfully stopping coal-fired power plants" Friends of the Earth International, accessed October 3, 2012.
  3. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 19.
  4. "FACTBOX-Controversial German coal-fired power plant projects" Reuters, March 10, 2012.
  5. "This €1 Billion Power Plant May Never Be Switched on," Bloomberg, Dec 22, 2015

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