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Vattenfall's new coal fired German power plant hits delay

Coal News - Published on Sun, 06 Apr 2014

Reuters reported that the full start up of Swedish utility Vattenfall's new German coal fired power station at Moorburg, near Hamburg has been postponed after small cracks were found near some tube welding seams in a part of the plant's two units.

Six years in the making, Moorburg has already cost nearly EUR 3 billion and is an increasingly rare exception in Germany's focus on developing renewable energy sources for power generation.

The Swedish utility's German unit said that staff from the manufacturer and Vattenfall were now assessing the cause of the fault and preparing for the removal and replacement of the faulty material.

This means the plant will not be operational until July and the 827 MW block B unit will therefore now start full commercial production at the end of December 2014 at the earliest. It had been switched on in February with a view to being in full production at the end of August.

Source – Reuters

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