This information was updated 09 March 2012
Moorburg Power Plant – one of the world’s most modern and efficient power plants
When completed in 2014, Moorburg hard-coal-fired power plant is expected to be one of the world’s most modern and efficient power plants with a world-class fuel performance ratio of up to 61% when producing both electricity and district heating (CHP) and a degree of efficiency of 46.5% when only generating electricity.
Background to Moorburg
Hamburg-Moorburg is located on the River Elbe on a site that was previously also used for electricity generation. The Moorburg hard-coal-fired plant will make use of the latest technology. Once in operation, the plant will meet roughly 90% of Hamburg’s electricity needs and will provide 40% of the district heating supply that Vattenfall produces for Hamburg. As Hamburg needs a new base for its electricity and heat supply, the Moorburg power plant will replace the existing power plant in Wedel near Hamburg. The Wedel power plant has been in operation for more than 45 years to date. The foundation for this project is to provide customers with a reliable and secure supply of electricity and heat.
Characteristics of Moorburg GTPP
Moorburg is a hard-coal-fired plant that is scheduled to start operating in 2014. It will use hard coal as fuel and is designed for annual electricity generation of 11.5 TWh, which meets about 90% of Hamburg’s electricity needs. Furthermore, Moorburg will produce about 2 TWh for district heating. The Moorburg power plant will be connected to Hamburg’s district heating system via a new 12-kilometre pipeline.