RDK (Karlsruhe) power station

From SourceWatch
(Redirected from Rheinhafen Power Station)
Jump to: navigation, search

This article is part of the Coal Issues portal on SourceWatch, a project of CoalSwarm and the Center for Media and Democracy. See here for help on adding material to CoalSwarm.

This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of Germany and coal.
Related articles:

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.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Karlsruhe.

Loading map...


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


  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

Related SourceWatch Articles

External Articles