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Amercentrale Geertruidenberg.jpg
view from Geertruidenberg
Coordinates51°42′34″N 4°50′36″E / 51.70944°N 4.84333°E / 51.70944; 4.84333Coordinates: 51°42′34″N 4°50′36″E / 51.70944°N 4.84333°E / 51.70944; 4.84333
Commission date1952
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Power generation
Nameplate capacity600 MW

The Amercentrale is a coal-fired power plant of Essent in the municipality Geertruidenberg. The plant is named after the Amer River and is located on the left bank of this river. In 1952 Unit 1 of the first Amercentrale began generating electricity. The much smaller Dongecentrale, decommissioned in 2011, is located near the Amercentrale.

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The power plant generates 600 MW of power as well as heat for heating homes and greenhouses. The plant provides a large part of southern Netherlands with electric power and also supplies heat to the horticultural areas. Since unit 8 was decommissioned in 2015,[1] only unit 9, which has been in operation since 1993, is still in use. Plans to build a new coal and biomass-fired unit of about 800 MW have been scrapped. Unit 9 could be closed in the near future in a bid to achieve climate goals,[2] if another solution can be found for the district heating in the nearby towns of Breda and Tilburg.


  1. ^ "RWE to Close 3.1 GW of Conventional Generation Across Europe on Profit Woes".
  2. ^ "Cabinet agrees to reduce CO2 emissions (Dutch)".

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