Moorburg coal-fired power station

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Moorburg power plant
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Coal-fired power plant Moorburg (Hamburg)
Moorburg coal-fired power station
Coordinates 53 ° 29 '24 "  N , 9 ° 57' 6"  E Coordinates: 53 ° 29 '24 "  N , 9 ° 57' 6"  E
country GermanyGermany Germany
Waters Elbe
Type Steam power plant
Primary energy Fossil energy (coal)
fuel Hard coal
power 1730  megawatts of electricity
owner Vattenfall
operator Vattenfall
Project start 2006
Start of operations February 28, 2015
Chimney height 137 m

The Moorburg coal-fired power plant (abbreviation: KKW Moorburg or KW Moorburg) in the Moorburg district of Hamburg was built in 2007 on the site of the Moorburg gas power plant, which was demolished in 2004, as a double-block system with around 2 × 800 MW and went into operation in 2015. It cost around 3 billion euros and, assuming 7500 full load hours, is expected to generate 11.5 TWh per year and emit 8.7 million tons of CO 2 .

Structure and technical data

block A. B.
Net power (electrical)
grid feed-in
2 x 818-827 MW
Installation 2015
Efficiency (electrical) 45.0-46.5%
spec. Coal consumption
Chimney (height) 2 × 137 m
Cooling tower (height) 1 × 85 m

Planning and history

Vattenfall announced in 2004 that it wanted to build a new power plant in Moorburg. In 2005, the CDU Senate encouraged Vattenfall to build the power plant twice as large and as a district heating power plant. In September 2006, Vattenfall Europe's Supervisory Board gave internal approval for the construction of the power plant. According to Vattenfall, this should cost around 2.6 billion euros.

Since May 4, 2007, the copper producer Aurubis (formerly Norddeutsche Affinerie AG ) has held a stake in the Moorburg coal-fired power plant through a so-called virtual power plant slice - a corporate share of 115 MW. With a long-term supply contract, the pricing of which is based on the generation costs of the corresponding power plant, Aurubis is to obtain one billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year from Vattenfall by 2040.

Construction of the new power plant with two coal-fired units, each with a nominal electrical output of 865 MW, began in October 2007. At full load, coal consumption is around 12,000 tons per day. A decoupling of a maximum of 650 MW district heating was originally intended to replace the generation of the decommissioned Wedel thermal power station and also enable a further expansion of the district heating supply in the south of Hamburg, but the necessary district heating pipe, which was to be laid through the Elbe, was under pressure from citizens' initiatives and environmental organizations not approved. Without the district heating pipeline under the Elbe, the energy efficiency of the power plant is lower, and the investments in the systems for district heating extraction have been made for free.

There are now plans to build a new combined cycle power plant at the Wedel power plant , which would take over the district heating supply of Hamburg. The opposition party CDU would like to use the waste heat from Moorburg after all.

The first block should go into operation in 2012, and the second one a year later. Commissioning had to be postponed several times due to "quality problems with welds", which were discovered in spring 2011 in the steam boilers that had already been built . In January 2012 the commissioning of the two units was announced for the beginning and middle of 2014 respectively. A good 10 percent of the installed T24 boiler steel had to be replaced for quality reasons, as hairline cracks had formed on the welds, as in other coal-fired power plant projects.

The burners were ignited for the first time in June 2013. Thereupon a dark, stinking cloud passed over Moorburg; some residents complained of headaches , shortness of breath and nausea . Vattenfall emphasized that the wind had been calculated incorrectly, but that there was no danger to the population at any time, as all legal limit values ​​had been complied with. The smell of the cloud came from the new parts of the plant, the black color from soot . Politicians and environmental groups criticized Vattenfall for the way the test run was carried out and for the information policy.

The power plant in 2016

On September 1, 2013, the private port operator Brunsbüttel Ports , which belongs to the Schramm Group, started operating the supply and disposal systems of the hard coal-fired power station in Moorburg. It is estimated that over 4 million tons of hard coal a year will be delivered by water across the Elbe. The coal is unloaded with two gantry cranes from ocean-going vessels at the pier , and the day bunkers are later supplied via conveyor belts . Brunsbüttel Ports also takes care of the disposal of waste from power plant operations. The exhaust gas cleaning with a flue gas desulphurization system results in large amounts of gypsum , and wet and dry ash as well as ammonia water are removed with special ships. Trucks are also used for disposal .

Block B was connected to the grid for the first time on February 28, 2014. However, its full commissioning was delayed again and again, it only went into operation on February 28, 2015. Block A went into operation on the evening of August 31, 2015.

On November 18, 2015, Olaf Scholz , then Hamburg's First Mayor , officially inaugurated the power plant.

Vattenfall's claim for damages

Because of the stricter environmental requirements that were issued as part of the 2008 permit, Vattenfall sued the Federal Republic of Germany in accordance with the rules of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in an arbitration tribunal for damages amounting to 1.4 billion euros (see Vattenfall against the Federal Republic of Germany ). In addition, the company sued the OVG Hamburg against the environmental requirements. The two proceedings ended in a comparison .

European Court of Justice: Incorrect approval

In 2010, the Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany lodged a complaint with the EU Commission. In March 2015, the EU Commission announced that it would initiate infringement proceedings against Germany because the power plant's water-law permit violated the Habitats Directive. There is a risk that the project will have a negative impact on protected species such as salmon, river lamprey and sea lamprey. The water extraction required to cool the power plant is harmful to these animals. When the power station was approved, Germany failed to carry out the test provided for in the directive and to look for alternative cooling methods which could avoid the death of the protected species concerned.

In April 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the permit for the power plant was incorrect because the environmental impact had not been properly checked. Specifically, Directive 92/43 / EEC (Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive) was violated because the effects on certain fish species were not adequately examined. The EU Commission had sued, which can now take further steps. Instead of cooling with Elbe water, a circuit cooling system could be used. However, this results in an increased internal requirement of the power plant and thus higher electricity production costs as well as increased CO 2 emissions . The operator Vattenfall replied that only a very small number of particularly protected FFH fish species were harmed.

On June 1, 2017, the Authority for the Environment and Energy (BUE), in implementation of the ruling and after consultation with the federal government, prohibited water abstraction from the Elbe for continuous cooling. This means that the power plant may only be operated with circuit cooling using a cooling tower. For through-flow cooling, 64 m³ / s Elbe water are required, for circuit cooling, 1 m³ / s.


Protest and handover of 12,000 signatures against the construction of the coal-fired power plant to the Hamburg parliament in October 2007

The new building is viewed critically by parts of the Hamburg parliament as well as by several associations and initiatives. The main points of criticism include:

  • the CO 2 emissions totaling 8.5 million tons annually
  • the low fuel efficiency of the system compared to pronounced thermal power stations . Despite the use of combined heat and power (CHP), according to Vattenfall, an annual average utilization rate of only approx. 55% and a corresponding 45% energy loss in the form of waste heat can be expected with the current state of the district heating network .
  • the possibly occurring impairment of the flora and fauna of the Elbe by the waste heat, which, according to the current plans, should also be dissipated through the southern Elbe .

The BUND quantifies the approved pollutant emissions at full load as 7850 tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides as well as 785 tons of fine dust per year. In addition, up to 3.2 tons of lead, 1.2 tons of mercury, 1.0 tons of arsenic, 0.6 tons of cadmium and 0.6 tons of nickel may be released into the atmosphere.

After the authority for urban development and the environment (BSU), which is responsible for the approval, viewed the project critically in April 2007, it apparently wanted to issue the final approval with certain conditions after the discussion date had been concluded (new water law statement from August 2007).

Signatures were collected from various organizations for a popular petition against the coal-fired power plant Moorburg, with which the Senate and the citizenship were urged to oppose the construction of the coal-fired power plant. When the signatures were first counted in December 2007, only those with a complete address were taken into account, so that the people's petition with fewer than 10,000 valid signatures initially did not seem to have come about. After taking into account incomplete, but clearly assignable address details, the people's petition finally came about, so that the citizens had to deal with it.

On September 30, 2008, Hamburg's Senator for the Environment, Anja Hajduk ( GAL ), issued the final approval to build the power plant under strict environmental conditions. Since the amount of cooling water that can be taken from the Elbe should depend on the respective water level, this can lead to a reduced output of the power plant on 250 days a year. In February 2009, Vattenfall announced that the required conditions would make the construction of the power plant extremely expensive. One of the reasons for this is the second fish pass at the Geesthacht barrage , which was required as a compensatory measure .

In April 2009, Vattenfall took legal action to court because of the tightening of environmental regulations. This litigation was suspended until the process settlement before the OVG Hamburg from September 30, 2008 to March 31, 2011 is implemented. No compensation was granted, Vattenfall and the Federal Republic of Germany each bear their own costs, while both parties bear half of the costs of the arbitration proceedings.

The proceedings were suspended on March 15, 2010. Two weeks earlier, a complaint by the BUND before the OVG Hamburg was successful. It was directed against the Hamburg authority for urban development and the environment and their approval of the district heating line of the Moorburg power plant. The simplified planning approval procedure must be replaced by a plan approval procedure with public participation and an environmental impact assessment .

Emission limit values

In the approval notice of September 30, 2008, the authority for urban development and the environment of the city of Hamburg set emission limit values that at least corresponded to the limit values that were specified in the 13th BImSchV (2004) when the application was submitted .

Pollutants with limit values ​​in the daily average are to be monitored by continuously operating measuring devices, the other values ​​by individual measurements. For comparison, the limit values ​​of the 13th BImSchV are listed, as well as the emission values ​​that can be achieved in normal operation with the best available technologies , as specified in the information sheet of the European Commission for correspondingly large new systems with hard coal dust firing based on the data collection in 2001 and 2002 are.

Emission limit values ​​of the coal-fired power plant Moorburg in comparison with the limit values ​​of the 13th BImSchV (2004) and with BAT emission values ​​(2006)
Air pollutant Daily mean emission values ​​with BAT * Limit value Moorburg in the daily average Limit value Moorburg in half-hourly mean ** Limit value 13. BImSchV (2004) daily mean Limit value 13. BImSchV (2004) half-hourly average
Total dust ( dust ) 5-20 mg / Nm 3 10 mg / Nm 3 20 mg / Nm 3 20 mg / Nm 3 40 mg / Nm 3
Nitrogen oxides (as  NO 2 ) 90-150 mg / Nm 3 70 mg / Nm 3 200 mg / Nm 3 200 mg / Nm 3 400 mg / Nm 3
Sulfur dioxide (as  SO 2 ) 20-150 mg / Nm 3 100 mg / Nm 3 200 mg / Nm 3 300 mg / Nm 3 600 mg / Nm 3
Carbon monoxide ( CO ) 30-50 mg / Nm 3 100 mg / Nm 3 200 mg / Nm 3 250 mg / Nm 3 500 mg / Nm 3
Mercury and compounds (as  Hg ) no BAT emission level 0.03 mg / Nm 3 0.05 mg / Nm 3 0.03 mg / Nm 3 0.06 mg / Nm 3
Inorganic Chlorine Compounds (as  HCl ) 1-10 mg / Nm 3 - - - -
Inorganic fluorine compounds (as  HF ) 1-5 mg / Nm 3 - - - -
Ammonia ( NH 3 ) ≤ 5 mg / Nm 3 for SCR / SNCR - 5 mg / Nm 3 (SCR) - -
Dioxins and Furans ** ( PCDD / PCDF ) no BAT emission level - 0.1 ng / Nm 3 - 0.1 ng / Nm 3
* Database of the BVT leaflet: 2001/2002, revision from 2011
** Limit value for dioxins and furans refers to 6–8 hours of sampling

The European Commission has been organizing a new collection of data on updated best available techniques (BAT) since October 2011 and is expected to publish new BAT conclusions for large combustion plants in 2014 . The emission values ​​specified therein, which can be achieved with BAT in existing plants, must be complied with by the Moorburg power plant no later than four years after the publication of the BAT conclusions in accordance with the European Industrial Emissions Directive.

Web links

Commons : Coal Power Plant Moorburg  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

See also

Individual evidence

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  2. Small inquiry from Dr. Monika Schaal from August 27, 2009  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. PDF, Hamburg Parliamentary Database@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
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