Neurath Power Station

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Neurath Power Station
Kraftwerk Neurath Blöcke A-E + BoA Neubau.jpg
Neurath Power Station Blocks A-E and BoA
Neurath Power Station is located in Germany
Neurath Power Station
Location of Neurath Power Station
Official name Kraftwerk Neurath
Country Germany
Location Grevenbroich
Coordinates 51°2′15″N 6°36′58″E / 51.03750°N 6.61611°E / 51.03750; 6.61611Coordinates: 51°2′15″N 6°36′58″E / 51.03750°N 6.61611°E / 51.03750; 6.61611
Status Operational
Owner(s) RWE
Power generation
Primary fuel Lignite
Units operational 3 x 300 MW
2 x 600 MW
2 x 1,100 MW
Make and model Alstom
Babcock-Hitachi
Nameplate capacity 4,400 MW

Neurath Power Station is a lignite-fired power station at Neurath in Grevenbroich, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located to the south of Grevenbroich, and it borders the municipalities of Rommerskirchen and Bedburg. The power station consists of seven units and it is owned by RWE.

Description[edit]

The Neurath Power Station serves mainly as a base load power station. It consists of seven units (3 x 300 MW, 2 x 600 MW, and 2 x 1,100 MW nominally). Five older units were built between 1972 and 1976, and have a gross generation capacity of 2,200 MW. On 15 August 2012 two new 1,100 MW lignite-fired units – F and G, also known as BoA 2 and 3 – were added. BoA stands for Braunkohlekraftwerk mit optimierter Anlagentechnik (Lignite power station with optimized systems technology). The new units have an efficiency of 43% and the capability to adjust quickly to changes in energy demand.[1] Its engineering was carried out by Alstom, which was also the supplier of the steam turbines. The consortium that supplied steam generators was led by Babcock-Hitachi Europe GmbH. GEA Group built the cooling towers. Construction costs were €2.6 billion.

The lignite is delivered by rail from open pits in Rhenish lignite district, in particular from the Garzweiler and Hambach mines.[2]

Unit A B C D E F G
Year of inauguration 1972 1972 1973 1975 1976 2012 2012
Nominal power
of steam turbine (MW electric)
3 x 312 MW 2 x 633 MW 2 x 1100 MW
Flue gas stack (Height) 3 x 160 m 2 x 170 m 2 x 173 m
Cooling tower (Height) 3 x 103 m 2 x 128 m 2 x 172 m

In the 1980s, a complete flue gas cleaning facility was installed for all blocks. The exhaust gases are derived since then over the cooling towers. The facility also has two bypass flue gas stacks from which one belongs to units A, B and C and the other to the units D and E. The first one is 194 metres (636 ft), the latter 196 metres (643 ft) high. They allow operating the facility in case of defunct flue gas cleaning facility, however, as this rarely occurs, such chimneys do not exist at most other power stations.

Criticism[edit]

The new power station is criticized in the climate change discussion by environmental associations and physical custodians, because electricity generation from lignite as fuel, in spite of advanced technology, is considerably less efficient than other generation sources. In the opinion of the environmentalists, the facility, with a planned lifespan of 40 years is noxious to climate and prevents with it necessary short-term change - careful and resource-careful renewable energy.[citation needed]

It is criticized furthermore that the investment efficiency is not maximized by additional measures like using of waste heat. One of the suggested projects is the establishment of a wide greenhouse park to use the attacking rejected heat and to create other jobs. However, the area planned for it was planned for industries with large electricity demand.[citation needed]

Accidents[edit]

In the evening of 25 October 2007, a heavy accident occurred on the construction site. A section of the great scaffolding, had broken off and buried several workers underneath. Three construction workers were killed by the remains of the scaffold, six others, who were seriously injured, were taken to surrounding hospitals.

Nearly 300 application forces from fire brigade, police, ambulances and technical charitable organization were used for the rescue operation. In December 2008, the initiated preliminary proceedings were put because of careless homicide by the public prosecutor's office of Mönchengladbach. According to certificate the knot connections of the scaffold were laid out too weakly. Because there has been no knowledge about them, in this size for the first time to used components and their stability problems, the accident has not foreseen for the experts, according to the public prosecutor's office. Rather interpretation and construction have occurred under the rules of the technology.[citation needed]

On 13 January 2008, a further deadly accident occurred in which an employee of a steel construction company was killed. After the above-mentioned accident in October 2007 and an other accident in September 2007, this became the third deadly incident on the construction site.[citation needed]

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