Scholven Power Station

Scholven Power Station

Scholven Power Station is a E.ON owned coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, which has an installed output capacity of 2300 MW as one of the most powerful coal-fired power stations in Europe. Two power station units present on the location were beaconed up to their shut-down with oil. The power produced in the power station Scholven covers about 3% of the German current need. The units B - E, the long-distance heating power station Buer (FWK) and the steam work Scholven (DWS) supply steam to neighbouring chemistry enterprises and long-distance heating to some surrounding cities. The 302 metre high chimneys, which are the second highest in Germany, form an impressing industrial skyline together with the 7 cooling towers. Therefore the power station area and the neighbouring waste dump of the coal mine "Scholven" scene in the became a film location in the Tatort "The ball in the body" of 1979.


The power station came out from an enterprise for the covering of the internal requirement at river and steam of the coal mine "Scholven". Soon however from it a high performance main power station developed. In the years 1968 to 1971 the almost identically constructed blocks B to E went into enterprise, 1974 and 1975 followed G and H (50 % portion of RWE power), 1979 the block F and at the end of 1985 the long-distance heating power station Buer (FWK). The block G was shut down in summer 2001, the block H finally in summer 2003.

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