Moorburg Power Plant – one of the most modern and efficient power plants in the world
Just south of Hamburg is one of the world 's most modern coal power plants that also have excellent environmental performance. This new power plant use future technology: net efficiency of 46.5 percent means that less fuel is spent on electricity - which means lower carbon emissions.
Background on Moorburg
As a vital metropolis, home to countless jobs in energy-intensive sectors, Hamburg is in a constant state of growth and needs a stable energy supply – both now and in the future. The Moorburg plant will secure an economic and ecologically friendly supply of electricity in the region for the long term. Against the backdrop of the ever greater contribution from renewable energy sources, it will act as the fundamental base load, which is also crucial for industry.
The Southern Elbe site has a long history: electricity has been generated there for decades. Newly constructed wharves enable the unloading of sea-faring ships, and the handling of large quantities of coal, ash and gypsum will benefit both local service providers and Hamburg's ports. This guarantees stable development and additional jobs for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, as well as acting as a catalyst for further investment.
Moorburg Power Plant facts
In late February 2015 regular operation of the first of the two units began. The second unit will be commissioned in mid 2015. When the plant is fully operational, the capacity of 1,600 MW will mean a production of around 11 terawatt hours (TWh) - around 90 percent of the electricity demand of the city of Hamburg.