Eemshaven power plant

Hard-coal-fired power plant

Facts and figures

Power plant location Eemshaven, the Netherlands
Power plant type Hard-coal-fired power plant
Commissioned in 2015
Fuel Hard coal, biomass (in future)
Electrical output (net) 1,560 MW (two units)
Flue gas cleaning Electrostatic filters, denitrification and flue gas desulphurisation plant

State-of-the-art hard-coal-fired power plant 

Ten years ago, the Dutch authorities designated the port areas of Maasvlakte near Rotterdam and Eemshaven near Groningen as sites for new power plants, because of the presence of ports for importing fuel and the availability of sufficient cooling water. RWE accepted the invitation from the Dutch authorities and built an ultramodern coal-fired power plant in Eemshaven, with a capacity of 1,560 MW, which was commissioned in 2015. The plant, consisting of units A and B, plays an important role in supplying the Netherlands with affordable and reliable electricity.


The power plant was built using the latest technology. It achieves an efficiency level of 46 per cent. A higher level of efficiency means that less fuel is required to generate the same amount of energy, ultimately resulting in lower emissions. The plant is not just efficient, but with its modern purification and filter systems it is also the one with the lowest emissions of its type.  As is the case with Amer power plant, Eemshaven will soon commence firing biomass as a secondary fuel.


The power plant comprises two "ultra-super-critical" boilers. Since they are specially designed to be started up and shut down quickly, they can help balance out the fluctuating electricity feed-in from renewable energy sources. This flexibility makes the plant an ideal fit for the modern world of energy supply.

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