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Vattenfall closes Hemweg 8, its last coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands

Energy utility Vattenfall's last coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands, Hemweg 8 outside Amsterdam, has closed. The closure of the 650 MW coal-fired power station is in keeping with legislation passed by the Dutch government. "Vattenfall sees no future for coal" and in the coal phase-out discussion in the Netherlands we have been clear from the start that we were open to an early closure of Hemweg 8," said Alexander van Ofwegen, Director of Heat & Production at Vattenfall Netherlands.

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Vattenfall's Hemweg power plant in Amsterdam, the Netherlands consists of two units: Hemweg 8 and Hemweg 9. Hemweg 8 is a 650 MWe coal-fired unit from 1994 with DeNOx installation from 2006 (photo courtesy Vattenfall).
Vattenfall’s Hemweg power plant in Amsterdam, the Netherlands consists of two units: Hemweg 8 and Hemweg 9.
Hemweg 8 is a 650 MWe coal-fired unit from 1994 with DeNOx installation from 2006 (photo courtesy Vattenfall).

Earlier this year, the Dutch Senate passed a law banning the use of coal for electricity generation in the country. As is stated in that law, Vattenfall will be fairly compensated by the Dutch state for the closure of the power plant five years earlier than planned. Hemweg-8 closed definitively on December 23, 2019, and will be dismantled.

Conversion to renewable production

As part of the transformation of the energy sector in the Netherlands, the Sweden-headed energy utility major is investing in renewable electricity generation through, above all, wind and solar power. Among other things, Vattenfall has won the concession for the offshore wind farms Hollandse Kust Zuid 1-4 with a total installed capacity of 1.5 GW. This is the world’s largest wind farm built without subsidies.

Hemweg 8 was inaugurated in 1994 and has an installed capacity for electricity generation of 650 MW. The dismantling of Hemweg 8 will commence next year. The Vattenfall-site on Hemweg will in the future function as a “fossil-free hub” for heat and power, both in production, as well as in transit and temporary storage of energy.

Almost all of the 200 employees at Hemweg 8 have been offered employment in other parts of Vattenfall or will retire.

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