Herne power station

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Herne power station is an 800-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


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The power station consisted of four units: units 1 and 2 of 150 MW each, unit 3 of 300 MW, and unit 4 of 500 MW, commissioned from 1962 to 1989.[1][2] The first two 150 MW units have been retired: Unit 1 in 2000, and unit 2 in 2013.[3]

Proposed plant

Herne 5 Power Station was proposed by Steag to have an installed capacity of 750 megawatts. In April 2008 Power in Europe, an energy trade newsletter, reported that Steag "has parked Herne 5 (750-MW) because of rising equipment costs and the threat of 100% CO2 auctioning."[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: STEAG GmbH
  • Parent company: STEAG
  • Developer:
  • Location: Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.550673, 7.187527 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Units 3-4)
  • Capacity: 800 MW (Unit 3: 300 MW, Unit 4: 500 MW)
  • Start date: 1966 (Unit 3), 1989 (Unit 4)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Coal-Fired Plants in Nordrhein-Westfalen," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  2. "Herne Coal CHP Power Plant Germany," GEO, accessed April 2016
  3. "Steag legt Block 2 endgültig still," Waz, 05.11.2013
  4. "Coal on the rocks", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008.

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