Matra power station

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Matra Power Station is a coal plant in Hungary. A new coal unit was proposed, then cancelled, and then revived again.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Heves.

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Background on plant

Mátra Power Station (Hungarian: Mátrai Erőmű) is a lignite coal-fired power plant in the valley of the Mátra mountains, Hungary.[1]

On its website, plant owner RWE states that the plant "is supplied with coal from two opencast mines. Matra is Hungary’s second largest power producer and extracts half of the country's lignite." It also stated that in late 2006 and early 2007 two topping gas turbines (TGT) were commissioned at the plant which "have raised the capacity of the connected power plant units by some 10 per cent."[2]

The plant has five units providing 876 MW of coal-fired capacity and 66 MW of natural gas-fired capacity:[3][4]

  • Unit 1: 100 MW
  • Unit 2: 100 MW
  • Unit 3: 212 MW
  • Unit 4: 232 MW (plus a 33 MW natural gas topping turbine)
  • Unit 5: 232 MW (plus a 33 MW natural gas topping turbine)

Proposed Unit 6

A new coal fired co-generation plant was proposed by Matrai Erömu, which is majority-owned by RWE and the state-owned Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM), to have an installed capacity of 2,000 megawatts. However, RWE's website in 2008 did not list the project in its "power plant new-build" list.[5]

In 2010, RWE announced that it was canceling plans to add a new 440-megawatt (MW) unit to its Matra coal-fired power plant.[6]

However, in 2015 RWE was requested by state-owned Hungarian Electricity Works to prepare and submit an Environmental Due Diligence for the plant, part of the environmental permitting procedure. The plant would be 500 MW and supercritical.[7]

In November 2017 the Administrative Court of Eger in Hungary set aside the environmental license for the unit, saying the review needed to be redone due to inadequate assessment of the area to be affected by the proposed plant. The German utility RWE, which is the majority owner of the existing plant, is attempting to sell its stake on the project. However, the court ruling raises doubt about whether the company or potential buyers will persist with the plan for the new unit.[8]

Ownership

In December 2017, plant owners RWE Power and EnBW were in the process of selling their interests in the Matra plant to a consortium consisting of the Czech holding company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) and the Hungarian investor Lőrinc Mészáros, through his company the Opus Group. In March 2018 the OPUS Group acquired a stake in EPH, putting the Mátra Power Plant under the exclusive control of the Opus Group.[9]

Project Details for Unit 6 expansion

  • Sponsor: Opus Group
  • Parent company: Opus Group
  • Developer:
  • Location: Visonta, East of Gyongyos, Heves, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 47.79027,20.06358 (exact)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Capacity: 500 MW
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Start date: 2026
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

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