Fossils To The Rescue? Dismantling Of Huge Hamburg-Moorburg Coal Power Plant Halted

Going into operation in 2015, and planned to operate until 2038, the Hamburg-Moorburg coal-fired power plant was one of the most modern and efficient in the world, but had to be taken off the grid again in 2021 due to Germany’s mad rush to green energies.

The 1,655  megawatt power plant was able to generate enough power equivalent to the needs of the entire city of Hamburg.

Swedish Vattenfall had announced earlier the decommissioning of Hamburg, Germany’s modern Moorburg CHP coal power plant after being in operation only 5 years. Now the dismantling has been put on hold. Image credit: Vattenfall Hamburg Moorburg

But now Blackout News reports that operator Vattenfall “has halted the dismantling of the coal-fired power plant for the time being due to the uncertain energy supply.”

The move leaves open the possibility of restarting Moorburg if gas supplies from Russia are cut off.

In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine — when asked about whether Germany would delay the imminent shutdown of the country’s remaining nuclear plants — German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens Party) told on national television: “The question is a relevant one” and that he “would not dismiss it ideologically.”

“In concrete terms, that would mean extending the amount of time the nuclear power plants would be allowed to run, something that especially Habeck’s green party had long entirely ruled out.”

The Hamburg-Moorburg coal-fired power plant was controversial from the get-go as operator Vattenfalls “was in constant dispute and legal battles with environmental and climate protectionists,” reports Blackout News. “In the end, the power plant cost around three billion euros and was in operation for just six years.”

Tired of environmental hassles

The city of Hamburg plans to convert the Moorburg site for hydrogen energy production. But the recent Ukraine crisis may mean that the plant will be reclassified as being too vital to be decommissioned. Blackout News, however, reports that Vattenfall — having grown weary of constantly battling environmentalists —  the company “is no longer interested in operating the coal-fired power plant itself.”

4 responses to “Fossils To The Rescue? Dismantling Of Huge Hamburg-Moorburg Coal Power Plant Halted”

  1. drumphish

    Those blasted hydrocarbons sure do cause problems.

    You can live without electricity and even running water. All that has to be done is to stop generating electricity. Wind turbines don’t have to exist either, no solar, just too many joules wasted building power plants, wind turbines, solar, hydrocarbons need to be conserved, not spent like drunken sailors drinking rum.

    Decommission all generating facilities and live without electricity. Empty all reservoirs. Doesn’t do any good to have prime targets anywho, all of the time and money, the labor involved can be avoided just by not having a post-modern existence with hydrocarbons supporting you and yours. Horses, mules, oxen, can do the work.

    Live in a cave, shorten your life by thirty years, hope you make it to 50 or so.

    Heat waves will take its toll on lives lost, cholera will be present,let diseases flourish, stop all immunizations, all those diseases will return, smallpox, tuberculosis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, will do a number on the human population. Ignore all accomplishments in medicine for the past 500 years and you’ll have population reduction by the millions. Don’t need no stinking vaccines, let nature take its course.

    Another round of the Black Death and a few hundred years of a new Dark Age will help. Looks like we’re heading in that direction no matter what the maha reishi says.

    Have a well and an outhouse, some chickens, a garden, a wheat field, you’ll be set. You’ll be able to hunt for cattle, don’t need a feedlot, goodness sake. Go fishing, make your own beer.

    Life will be a lot more fun without hydrocarbons ruining everything in sight.

    Beer time.

  2. pochas94

    Bitten in the ass by reality.

  3. John Hultquist

    Vattenfall — having grown weary of constantly battling environmentalists — the company “is no longer interested in operating the coal-fired power plant itself.”

    Will the German government buy the facility and operate it as a public service and/or national security issue as needed? The government of Sweden isn’t likely to be happy about their investment losses.

  4. Adam Gallon

    Sounds like any entrant into the energy market, will be demanding guaranteed prices.

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