Scholven power station

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm|Navbar-Germanyandcoal}} Scholven power station is a 740-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Additionally, the power station is the site of the 76 MW Buer power station.

Units D-F totaling 1,480 MW were retired in 2014.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Gelsenkirchen.

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The mine-mouth plant began operating as a 50 MW plant in 1930, but was largely destroyed by a large number of bombing raids during World War II. Power generation resumed in 1955. From 1968 to 1975, the coal-fired Blocks B to E (370 MW each) and oil-fired blocks G and H were commissioned. In 1979 Block F, with 740 MW, was commissioned. In 1985 Buer district heating power plant of 76 MW net output was commissioned at the power station. In 2001-2003, the oil-fired units were decommissioned, and demolished in 2009.[1][2]

Coal-fired units D-F totaling 1,480 MW were retired in 2014.[3]

In August 2018 Uniper said it plans to build new gas-fired units to replace the two remaining Scholven coal units, units B-C totaling 640 MW. The gas units are intended to initially supplement the coal units but fully replace them by 2022 with the power supplied to a nearby industrial customer.[4]

Proposed expansion

An 1100 MW expansion of the power station was proposed by E.ON Kraftwerke, with a notional commissioning date of 2014/15. In 2008 the project was designated by Power in Europe as being at the "pre-proposal" level. The newsletter noted that "reports surface of a further new coal plant project for E.ON, perhaps at this existing generation site."[5]

The new unit at Scholven was never built.

Project Details of coal units

  • Sponsor: E.On Kraftwerke GmbH
  • Parent company: E.ON
  • Developer:
  • Location: Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Coordinates: 51.60064, 7.004609 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Units B&C), Retired (Units D-F)
  • Capacity: 740 MW (Units B&C: 370 MW); Buer: 76 MW
  • Retired Capacity: 1,480 MW (Units D&E: 370 MW, Unit F: 740 MW)
  • Start date: 1968-71 (Units B-E), 1979 (Unit F), Buer (1985)
  • Type: Subcritical (Units B-E, Buer), Supercritical (Unit F)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Scholven colliery
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Scholven power plant," E.ON, accessed April 2016
  2. "Coal-Fired Plants in Nordrhein-Westfalen," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  3. "2015 first quarter results," E.ON, 07 May 2015
  4. "Uniper's power generation H1 earnings rise, plans coal-to-gas conversion," Platts, Aug 7, 2018
  5. "PiE’s new power plant project tracker – April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 23.

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