Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden power station

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Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden power station, also known as Ingelheimer Aue power station, is a gas-fired power station in Mainz, Germany.

A proposed new coal plant at the power station was cancelled.

Location

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Background

The Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden was created in 1931 from the merger of the Wiesbaden and Mainz power stations. In 1958, 1963 and 1966, Kraftwerke I consisting of three coal blocks with an electrical output of 100 MW was connected to the grid. In 1977, Kraftwerke II with a combination of a steam turbine block and combined cycle gas turbine unit was connected to the grid. Kraftwerk 2 is currently serving as a cold reserve. In 2000, the three coal blocks were shut down. In 2001 Ingelheim Aue went online, a new 400 MW combined cycle plant.[1]

Proposed coal plant

Ingelheimer Aue Power Station was a proposal by KMW for a 823 megawatt coal unit with a notional commissioning date of 2012 and construction cost of €1 billion. In April 2008 Power in Europe reported that a local group, Koma (Kohlefreies Mainz), claimed that 'opponents to coal' now have a city council majority in both Mainz and Wiesbaden." Koma wants the company to opt for a 400 megawatt gas project. Power in Europe also noted that in May 2007 "2,500 people from Mainz and Wiesbaden protest against project" and that the environmental group BUND estimated the likely carbon dioxide emissions from the project would be 4.2 million tons a year. KMW "had planned to build a new 400 MW CCGT ahead of the 2007 gas tax exemption deadline, but has dropped the idea because of rising fuel prices."[2]

In 2009, the project was ended due to cancellation of bank financing.[3]

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden," Wikipedia (German), accessed April 2016
  2. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 21.
  3. "Banks Pull Funding for German Coal-Fired Power Plant," Bloomberg, August 25, 2009

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