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  • benstevens75 benstevens75 Aug 9, 2013 8:34 AM Flag

    German 4 GW new coal plants in testing after first fire

    Five new coal-fired power plants in Germany with a combined capacity of around 4 GW have had their "first fire" over recent weeks and will be generating electricity in the hot testing phase over the next couple of months, according to a Platts survey of the five plant operators. The projects include RWE's Hamm D unit (800 MW), EnBW's RDK 8 (912 MW), Vattenfall's first block at Hamburg-Moorburg (840 MW), Steag's Walsum 10 unit (725 MW) and GDF Suez's new coal-fired power plant at Wilhelmshaven (800 MW).

    Trianel's new 750-MW coal-fired plant at Luenen is already in operation and on track to be commissioned in the third quarter.

    RWE's 1.6-GW new-build project at Hamm is progressing with the first 800 MW unit (Block D) already in the testing phase after having its "first fire" on May 30 and the second unit not far behind, according to RWE Generation spokeswoman Stephanie Schunck. Steag's Walsum 10 unit has already produced electricity, the company said, adding that 175 MW of power were fed into the grid on June 10 with further tests at different output levels over the coming weeks.

    Vattenfall's project at Hamburg-Moorburg is also entering the final phase of tests after "first fire" at the end of July with full grid synchronization of block B scheduled for the autumn, according to Stefan Kleimeier, a spokesman for the German unit of the Swedish utility.

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