Bochum cogeneration plant (taken offline)

Cogeneration plant

Facts and figures

Power plant location Bochum
Power plant type Cogeneration plant
Commissioned in Turbine
Electrical output (gross) 21.5 MWel
Electrical output (net) 300 MWth
Fuel Natural gas             
Fuel gas cleaning system Due to measures on the primary side, flue gas emissions remain below the legal limits

Taken offline after more than 100 years of history 

The plant dating back to 1905 was taken over in 1961 by the then VEW AG and extensively modernised. The last coal boilers were shut down in 1996.

In 2003/2004, a turbine was added to the plant and the complete control system was replaced. The Bochum cogeneration plant was operated and monitored from the central control room in Dortmund. In the end, the plant worked mainly according to the energy-saving cogeneration principle. The plant supplied customers with some 250 thousand megawatt hours (MWh) of district heating from natural gas annually; in addition, up to 50 thousand MWh of electricity were generated.

In early 2015, major industrial customer Adam Opel AG closed its plant in Bochum. Since the remaining customers (Stadtwerke Bochum Holding GmbH, unique Wärme GmbH & Co. KG and Ruhr-Universität Bochum) have installed their own heat supply, the plant was taken offline on 1 October 2018. It was decommissioned at the end of 2018.

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