Schwarze Pumpe power station

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Schwarze Pumpe power station is a 1,600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Brandenburg, Germany.


The map below shows the location of the plant in Spremberg, Spree-Neiße.

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Background on Plant

Schwarze Pumpe power station is a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 1,600 MW. The plant was completed between 1997 and 1988, and is owned by Vattenfall Group.[1]

CCS test plant

Starting in 2006, there was a 30 MW carbon capture and storage test plant at the site. On May 6 2014, Vattenfall announced that it was discontinuing all research into CCS because they found its costs and the energy it requires makes the technology unviable.[2]

Proposed plant

In 2009, the Environmental Defense Fund reported plans for a "lignite-fired power plant to replace obsolete unit at Schwarze Pumpe (Bradenburg)".[3]

The new plant was never built.

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Vattenfall Europe AG
  • Parent company: Vattenfall Group
  • Location: Spremberg, Spree-Neiße, Brandenburg, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.537855, 14.353492 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,600 MW (Units 1&2: MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • In service: 1997-1998
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  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Schwarze Pumpe power station", Siemens (2005-07-07). Retrieved on 2008-03-01. 
  2. "Schwarze Pumpe Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project," MIT, updated Feb 12, 2016
  3. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.

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