RWE takes over the Magnum power plant in Eemshaven from Vattenfall

RWE will take over the Magum power plant from Vattenfall. The intention is for the gas-fired power plant to play an important role in the conversion of electricity production in the Netherlands through the use of hydrogen.

This will enable Eemshaven to grow into a leading energy and hydrogen hub in north-western Europe. The power plant is already almost suitable for using hydrogen as fuel. The acquisition involves an amount of 500 million euros.

Bid on wind farm

Roger Miesen from RWE: “The Magnum power plant is an ultra-modern power plant that is almost ready for the production of hydrogen. In combination with our existing power plant in Eemshaven, RWE can develop the Eemshaven area into one of the leading energy and hydrogen hubs in North-West Europe. For example, in addition to the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust West, which also supplies 600 megawatts of electrolysis capacity and which RWE has submitted a bid for, we will actively support the decarbonisation (reduction of CO2 emissions, ed.) Of the industry in the Netherlands and contribute to this. the Dutch climate goals. ”

The power plant with a capacity of 1.4 gigawatts is located close to the existing RWE power plant in Eemshaven. This is a coal and biomass fired power plant with a capacity of 1,560 megawatts. An advantage of the power plants being close to each other is that they can share the existing infrastructure.

Gas systems are suitable for hydrogen

Thanks to the specific design of the Magnum power plant, it is suitable for running on green hydrogen. The power plant can be made technically suitable for co-firing hydrogen (up to 30%) or even completely switch to this fuel as a replacement for natural gas. The Magnum plant will thus be an important player in making the Dutch energy sector CO2-free. In addition, this will further expand the hydrogen infrastructure in the province of Groningen. RWE is already active here with the project ‘Eemshydrogen’.

Sopna Sury, Head of RWE’s Hydrogen Department: “We are strengthening the Eemshydrogen project with the acquisition of the Magnum power plant in Eemshaven. Here we will enable large-scale production of green hydrogen, making it affordable. Green hydrogen plays an important role in the decarbonisation of industry and is therefore indispensable for the success of energy conversion. ”

Since 2020, RWE has developed Eemshydrogen, an innovative project in Eemshaven for environmentally friendly production of hydrogen. As part of the supply of the Dutch Coast West VII offshore wind farm, RWE also wants to build electrolysers with a total capacity of 600 megawatts.

The Eemshaven area can become CO2-negative

With the help of new technologies, it will be possible in the future to capture and capture carbon, because the Magnum plant and the Eemshaven plant are close to the North Sea and the former natural gas fields. “This will ensure neutral CO2 emissions in the area,” RWE expects, “probably even negative CO2 emissions.” RWE therefore hopes to receive the necessary support from the government to make this technically, politically and economically possible.

Gasunie is currently developing LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals in the same area. These can be further supported by e.g. heat supplied by RWE’s power plants.

The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of September 2022. Another part of the acquisition relates to a solar cell plant with a capacity of 5.6 megawatts located in the same location. RWE will take over all staff working at the Magnum power plant from Vattenfall. The acquisition must still be approved by, among others, Vattenfall’s cooperation committee.

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