30 May 2020
Date Uniper's Datteln plant started commercial operations, more than a decade after it was first planned. It is hoped and expected to be the last new coal plant to come online in Germany.
Generation of the Datteln 4 power plant located in Datteln in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. It opened despite the German government’s stated plan to end coal-fired power generation in the country. Officials in the North Rhine-Westphalia region had said they would move forward with Datteln 4 because its environmental impact would be offset by the closure of 4 other coal plants in the region.
Year construction began. Datteln 4 was originally scheduled to open in 2011, but was delayed for years due to technical issues. Datteln 4 was built with an advanced multi-step flue gas purification system, designed to eliminate nitrogen oxides, dust, and sulfur from the flue gas. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems supplied the steam generator for the plant.
($1.7 billion) Cost of the project. The plant was designed to replace three older units at Datteln, and another unit at the nearby Shamrock (Herne) power plant and will mostly burn coal imported from Russia and Colombia