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Lausward power station

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Lausward power station was a 450-megawatt (MW) power station in Lausward, Germany.

It was closed in 2013, and is being replaced with a 595 MW gas plant, known as Block Fortuna. A new coal plant had been considered but rejected in favor of the new gas plant.

Location

The undated satellite below shows the plant near Dusseldorf harbour in Germany.

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Background

Lausward power station originally consisted of five blocks, blocks A-E, commissioned from 1957 to 1977. In 1998, the first three blocks A-C were shut down and replaced by two gas turbines. The remaining two blocks are coal-fired; Unit D is 150 MW and Unit E 300 MW. The plant is owned by Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG of EnBW AG.[1]

The coal-fired power station was demolished in 2013 to make way for construction of the gas plant. The 595 MW Lausward gas-fired power plant, named Block Fortuna, will replace the old coal-fired plant and will be a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT). It is scheduled to enter service in 2016.[2]

Proposed coal plant

A 400 MW coal plant was proposed at the power station. Power in Europe newsletter reported in 2008 that Stadtwerke Dusseldorf was considering a 400 megawatt unit with a notional commissioning date of 2012. The newsletter describes the status of the project as "pre-proposal". It reports that SWB planned to make a final decision on the project in "late 07/early 08" and that it would "reduce emissions by 27% compared with old coal units at the site." [3]

Coal plant cancelled for gas plant

As of July 2009, the city utility had put off plans for the new coal-fired unit, citing environmental concerns and local opposition to coal pollution. It was reported in October 2012 that the plant would be designed as a single-shaft plant with natural gas powered turbine.[4]

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