Boxberg Power Station

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Boxberg Power Station
Boxberg - Kraftwerk (Findlingspark) 01 ies.jpg
Boxberg Power Station, 2009
Country Germany
Location Boxberg
Coordinates 51°24′58″N 14°33′53″E / 51.41611°N 14.56472°E / 51.41611; 14.56472Coordinates: 51°24′58″N 14°33′53″E / 51.41611°N 14.56472°E / 51.41611; 14.56472
Commission date 1966
Owner(s) Vattenfall Europe
Operator(s) LEAG Edit this on Wikidata
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Lignite
Power generation
Units operational 4
Nameplate capacity 1,900 MW

Boxberg Power Station (in German commonly referred as Kraftwerk Boxberg) is a lignite-fired power station with three units at Boxberg, near Weißwasser, Saxony, Eastern Germany. Since the late 1990s, its capacity amounts to 1,900 MW and was acquired by Vattenfall Europe, a subdivision of Vattenfall, in 2001. The power station was sold by Vattenfall to the Czech energy group EPH and its financial partner PPF Investments on 30 September 2016.[1]


View over the Nochten surface mine to Boxberg Power Station

Like Jänschwalde Power Station and Schwarze Pumpe Power Station, Boxberg Power Station was built at a place surrounded by surface mines. The first unit was built in 1966, in the 1980s there were 14 units with an accumulated output of 3,520 MW.

After the German reunification twelve units (210 MW each) went off, and two units, 500 MW each, were modernized. In the mid-1990s, a new 900 MW unit was built, another 675 MW unit is projected for the end of 2012.


Boxberg Power Station had four chimneys 300 metres tall. One was dismantled in 2000, two were blasted in 2009, and the last one was projected to be completely demolished in 2010 but problems during the process of demolishing delayed that project, it was blasted in 2012.


  1. ^ "Vattenfall completes German lignite business sale" (PDF) (Press release). Stockholm, Sweden: Vattenfall. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-06. Vattenfall has completed the sale of its German lignite business to the Czech energy group EPH and its financial partner PPF Investments. 

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