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Vattenfall’s last coal power plant in the Netherlands is closing

Vattenfall's last coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands, Hemweg 8 outside Amsterdam, will be closed before the turn of the year.

The closing of Hemweg 8 is the result of legislation by the Dutch government that has decided to phase out coal production in the country.

Alexander van Ofwegen, Director of Heat & Production at Vattenfall Netherlands says: “Vattenfall sees no future for coal" and in the coal phase-out discussion in the Netherlands we have been clear from the start that we were open to early closure of Hemweg 8.”

The Dutch Senate recently passed a law banning the use of coal for electricity generation in the country. As is stated in that law, Vattenfall will be fairly compensated by the Dutch state for the closure of the power plant five years earlier than planned. Hemweg-8 will close definitively on 23 December.

Conversion to renewable production

As part of the transformation of the energy sector in the Netherlands, Vattenfall is investing in renewable electricity generation through, above all, wind and solar power. Among other things, Vattenfall has won the concession for the offshore wind farms Hollandse Kust Zuid 1-4 with a total installed capacity of 1500 MW. This is the world's largest wind farm built without subsidies.

Hemweg 8 was inaugurated in 1994 and has an installed capacity for electricity generation of 650 MW. The dismantling of Hemweg 8 will commence next year. The Vattenfall-site on Hemweg will in the future function as a fossil-free hub for electricity and heat, both in production, as well as in transit and temporary storage of energy. Almost all of the 200 employees at Hemweg 8 have been offered employment in other parts of Vattenfall or will retire.

Learn about Vattenfall’s Roadmap to fossil freedom

For more information contact Vattenfall’s Press Office

 

By Vattenfall Press Office press@vattenfall.com

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