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Moorburg Power Plant to be Officially Inaugurated Today

At the southern bank of the Elbe river, Hamburg's First Mayor officially inaugurated one of Europe's most advanced coal-fired power plants

The two blocks of the new Moorburg power plant each have an output of 827 megawatts and produce around 11 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Thus, the demand for electricity of Hamburg can be almost completely covered. The new power plant ensures a secure base load in Hamburg and northern Germany and significantly contributes to securing the supply and grid stability, Vattenfall says.

Symbolic Act

On Thursday, 19 November 2015, the new power plant in Hamburg’s east has been officially opened by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz. Hamburg’s head of state said at the official opening ceremony: “The Moorburg power plant is important because it contributes to grid stability because it compensates the volatility still existing with renewable energies, for example from wind.”
Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall: “With this investment, we made a clear commitment to Hamburg. The power plant is economically important for the city. Approximately two-thirds of Hamburg’s electric needs are attributable to industrial and commercial enterprises, and secure the many jobs in Hamburg. The Moorburg power plant as an available round the clock. Hamburg’s economy has not worry about a secure energy supply.”

However, today’s inauguration is more a symbolic act. Operational since March 2015, Moorburg has already been feeding five million megawatt hours of electricity into the grid this year. In the future, eleven billion kilowatt hours of electricity will be produced by Moorburg each year.

State of the Art Power Plant

The Moorburg power plant, one of the most modern of its kind in Europe, will emit 25 per cent less CO2 compared to older coal-fired power plants. The double-block, hard-coal fired power plant will replace the Wedel cogeneration plant in Hamburg’s West. Consuming 480 tonnes of hard coal per hour, its installed capacity of 1,654 MW will be able to cover almost the complete power demand of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

With a net electrical efficiency of 46.5 per cent and a fuel utilisation rate of 61 per cent, Vattenfall calls its new plant the most modern and environmentally sound hard coal power plant in Europe. The district heating output of 650MW will be transported from Moorburg to Hamburg-Altona by a 12 kilometres long pipeline.

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