Rhenish lignite mining area: Inden/Weisweiler site heavily hit
The situation in the Garzweiler and Hambach open-cast mines is currently stable and operations are not affected. The large power plant sites at Niederaußem and Neurath can continue to produce power. The Inden open-cast mine and the connected Weisweiler power station, on the other hand, are massively affected. On Thursday morning, the waters of the river Inde had flooded a dam near the village of Lamersdorf and subsequently entered the open-cast mine.
In the meantime, the situation has been stabilised due to falling water levels and extensive safety measures. The Weisweiler power station is running at reduced capacity. The 300 MW units are currently supplied by the coal reserves, the 600 MW units stand still. The open-cast mine is to be put back into operation according to a step-by-step concept. The aim is for mining operations to restart until the end of next week. How long it will take to fully restore operations of the open-cast mine and the Weisweiler power station is currently being evaluated.
Many hydro power stations out of operation / peak of the Maas flood wave passed
The RWE run-of-river power stations operated in the Eifel region and on the Mosel, Saar and Ruhr rivers are also struggling with the consequences of the floods. With the exception of the Baldeney and Unkelmühle plants, all are currently out of operation. This also applies to the hydro power station in Linne (Netherlands).
Water is currently being pumped and securing and clean-up work is being carried out with the aim of bringing the stations back online as soon as possible.
At the Claus gas-fired power station near Maasbracht (Netherlands), the flood wave of the Maas river reached its peak in the late evening of 16 July. The water levels are currently decreasing. So far, the dikes have withstood the flood; the power station has been able to continue operations.
After an initial evaluation, the damage for RWE amounts to a total of up to a mid-double-digit million euro sum.
RWE will support relief operations
The battle against the flood damage continues. The top priority is to save human lives. Parallel to this, many relief operations are already underway. To help the people directly affected, RWE is donating 1 million euros as part of an emergency programme. The amount is to be used to support aid organisations and regional initiatives.
Markus Krebber, CEO of RWE AG, says: "The pictures of the flood disaster are a terrible sight. We feel for those affected – amongst them are many of our employees. At the same time, we see an abundant and an extraordinary commitment to help people in need and to get the situation under control. We as a company will also support quickly and unbureaucratically."
RWE is one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies. It has capacity of around 11 gigawatts based on renewable energy, including hydropower and biomass as well as a highly efficient gas fleet and an international energy trading business. RWE wants to expand this position by investing in onshore and offshore windpower, photvoltaics and storage technologies. As a driver of the energy transition, the company also focusses on innovative projects such as floating offshore as well as the generation and use of hydrogen. At the same time, RWE is responsibly phasing out nuclear energy and coal. Government-mandated phaseout roadmaps have been defined for both of these energy sources. The company has a total of around 41 gigawatts of generating capacity in its portfolio and employs around 20,000 people worldwide. RWE has a clear ambition: to be carbon-neutral by 2040. On its way there, the company has set itself ambitious targets for all activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions. The renowned Science Based Targets initiative has scientifically confirmed that these emission reduction targets are in line with the Paris Agreement.
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