RDK (Karlsruhe) power station

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RDK (Karlsruhe) power station, also known as the Rheinhafen power station, is a 1,460-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Location

The undated satellite below shows the plant in Karlsruhe.

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Background

The power station consisted of the following coal- and gas-fired units:[1]

  • Units 1&2: 64 MW each
  • Units 3&4: 100 MW each
  • Units 5&6: 180 MW each
  • Unit 7: 550 MW
  • Unit 8: 910 MW

The first seven units were commissioned from 1955 to 1985, and unit 8 in 2014. Units 1 to 3 are shut down since the 1980s; both oil and gas-fired units 5 and 6 are since 1993 in cold reserve, meaning they can start operating again after an interval. Unit 4 is a gas and steam turbine plant.[1] The coal-fired power plant unit 7 has been used for intermediate load and coal-fired unit 8 for baseload.[2]

Unit 8

In April 2008 Power in Europe listed the project status as being "tendering, proposed" with a notional commissioning date of 2011/2012. It also listed the installed capacity as being in the range of 890-912 megawatts with "400?" in brackets. The project was approved by the ENBW board in December 2006. The newsletter also noted that the company was also "actively investigating" a 400 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine plant on the same site. Both the projects are slated as replacement for nuclear power stations set to be retired.[3]

According to a November 2012 report by Deutsche Umweltshilfe, the project is under construction with expected completion in 2013.[4]

Unit 8 was commissioned in 2014 with a capacity of 910 MW.[2][1]

Project Details of coal units

  • Sponsor: Energie Baden-Württemberg
  • Parent company: EnBW AG
  • Developer:
  • Location: Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Coordinates: 49.0125 , 8.302778 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 1,460 MW (Unit 7: 550 MW, Unit 8: 910 MW)
  • Start date: 1985 (Unit 7), 2014 (Unit 8)
  • Type: Subcritical (Unit 7), Ultra-supercritical (Unit 8)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Fossil energy," EnBW, accessed April 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Karlsruhe RDK 7 and 8 Power Plant Germany," GEO, accessed April 2016
  3. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 21.
  4. "Projects of coal-fired power plants in Germany since 2007," Deutsche Umwelthilfe, November 2012

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