News item | 2014-02-28 | 16:46 PM

Moorburg power plant starts generating electricity

The coal-fired power plant Moorburg in Hamburg fed electricity to the public grid for the first time at ten o'clock on Friday 28 February.

The first power plant unit with a capacity of 827 MW was connected to the power grid and the so called "first network circuit" operation, an important step in the preparations for the continuous operation of the first block, has been reached.

Pieter Wasmuth, Vattenfall's chief representative for Hamburg and Northern Germany says:
"This new flexible power plant will make an important contribution to the security of supply in northern Germany. The A block can be started or shut down within 15 minutes at 250 to 300 MW. This corresponds to the output of more than 100 wind turbines."

State of the art power plant
The Moorburg power plant, one of the most modern of its kind in Europe, has an efficiency of around 46 per cent which is high for coal power plants, and it will emit 25 per cent less CO2 compared to older coal-fired power plants.

The first network circuit was prepared intensively the past weeks, including numerous tests of electrical protective devices of the generator and the generator transformer.

Test phase
In the coming months, the plant will be further optimized and tested at different loads. During this phase the unit will only be required for the optimization of the grid. Upon successful completion of this phase, a two-month trial operation will start in the summer.

Vattenfall expects to start the full operation of the first block this autumn.

In parallel to the optimization phase of the A block, the commissioning work of the second unit continues with preparations ahead of the first coal being fired there.

The Moorburg power plant will have a total installed capacity of 1,654 MW and will be able to cover almost the complete power demand of the city of Hamburg.