Kraftwerk Plessa

THE ABANDONED POWER STATION IN GERMANY

This German power plant ‘Kraftwerk Plessa’ is one of the oldest power stations for lignite or brown coal in Europe. It was built in 1926 and was the most modern power plant of its time.

The power plant was established in 1927 by the ‘Elektrizitätsverband Gröba’ founded in 1910. A long-term supply contract for the supply of raw lignite was concluded with the brown coal mines. In return, they obtained electricity from the power plant.

The second 120 meter high chimney was built in 1940. In 1942 the plant is enlarged, a fourth turbine with an output of 20.000 kW was put into operation.

At the end of the Second World War the power plant was closed down. Four weeks later, the Soviets took over and put the plant into use again. It became property of the ‘Gaskombinat Schwarze Pumpe’.

After the political turn in 1991, the plant was handed to the city of Plessa. According to the new usage concept, the energy source should be natural gas, which would have required high investments and major renovation measures. The project failed and could not be realized. In April 1992 the last turbine-generator was switched off. In 2001 the ‘Förderverein Kraftwerk Plessa’ and the municipality of Plessa founded the ‘Industrie-Denkmal und Industrie-Museum Kraftwerk Plessa’. I visited ‘Kraftwerk Plessa’ in 2014.

Built 1926
Abandoned 1992
Demolished 2010
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