Coal-Fired Plants in Belgium
Baudour
Location: Hainaut
Operator: Electrabel
Configuration: 1 X 116 MW
Operation: 1960 (ret 1997)
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Sulzer
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss
EPC: Electrabel
Quick facts: In May 1955, Interborinage was formed by local power company Societe Intercommunale Belge d'Electricite and six local coal mines to build a new power station to burn lower-quality fuels produced in the area. The new power station went online on 24 Feb 1960 with some of the highest steam temperatures in Europe. Main steam flow was 340 t/h and turbine steam conditions were 170 bar/600C/570C. The plant was connected to the 150kV grid. In 1969, the progressive closure of local mines led to modification of the boiler to burn natural gas or coke-oven gas from the former Cockerill-Sambre Carcoke works in Zeebrugge. The three fuels could be used simultaneously. In early 1997, the Carcoke plant was closed and after 37 years of operation and 280mn MWh of production, the power station was closed. On 30 Jun 1999, the cooling tower was demolished followed a year later by the boiler and turbine hall.

Photograph courtesy of Jean-Pol Samain (www.borain.be)
Posted 16 Dec 2007

Genk-Langerlo
Location: Limburg
Operator: German Pellets GmbH
Configuration: 2 X 230 MW, 2 X 45-MW topping
Operation: 1973-1988 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas, oil, biomass
Boiler supplier: Chaudronneries P Brouhon
T/G supplier: BBC
Quick facts: These units were built as oil-fired sets and converted to coal in 1985/86. They were then down-rated from 280 MW. Topping gas turbines were added in the late 1990s. The plant was acquired by E.ON Jul 2009 from Electrabel in a share swap, and sold on to German Pellets Jan 2016. Langerlo was closed 31 Mar 2016.

Photograph courtesy of E.ON
Posted 16 Apr 2016

Mol
Location: Antwerp
Operator: Electrabel
Configuration: 1 X 124 MW, 1 X 136 MW CHP
Operation: 1962-1967 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Babcock Power
T/G supplier: BBC
Quick facts: Mol was closed in 2008/09.

Photograph by Jan de Swart (panoramio)
Posted 9 Mar 2013

Peronnes
Location: Hainaut
Operator: Electrabel
Configuration: 1 X 125 MW
Operation: 1959 (ret 2000)
Fuel: coal, natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Stein, CMI
T/G supplier: Siemens, ACEC
Quick facts: This was the first large-size steam-electric plant in Belgium not built on a river.

Photograph courtesy of Charbonnages du Hainaut
Posted 23 Sep 2007

Quaregnon
Location: Hainaut
Operator: Electrabel
Configuration: 19.2 MW, 1 X 65 MW
Operation: 1925-1932 (ret)
Fuel: coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: Wod-Lopulco-Cockerill
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: The first phase of this power station was built on the initiative of the local coal mines. In Feb 1930, work on a new 65-MW began and this started up in Jan 1932 with three boilers totaling 100 t/h of steaming capacity. The power station was demolished in Jul 1985.

Photograph courtesy of Jean-Pol Samain (www.borain.be)
Posted 16 Dec 2007

Ruien
Location: Belgium
Operator: Electrabel
Configuration: 2 X 60 MW, 2 X 130 MW (ret), 2 X 300 MW
Operation: 1958-1974 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Sulzer, CMI
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, BBC
Quick facts: Ruien is on the Scheldt 10km upstream from Oudenaarde. Over about 20yrs, the plant expanded to become the largest conventional power station in the country. A 45-MW topping gas turbine was added to Unit-5 in 1998 followed in Jan 2003 by a small atmospheric wood gasifier. This can supply about 17-MWe equivalent of input fuel to the main boiler. The plant was closed on 28 Mar 2016.

Photograph by orins (panoramio)
Posted 12 Apr 2009

   
  Schelle 20
Location: Belgium
Operator: Electrabel
Configuration: 1 X 60 MW
Operation: 1932 (ret 1974)
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Siemens
Quick facts: This machine built by Siemens-Schuckertwerke at the Schelle power station in Antwerp was the world’s largest 3000rpm turbine-generator when completed.

Photograph courtesy of Siemens
Posted 4 Jul 2005

 

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Apr-2016

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