Újpesti Erőmű


The ‘Újpesti Erőmű’ power plant was established in the early 20th century in response to the power needs of the railway electrification. The Újpest power plant was started up in 1910.

In the beginning, alternators driven by piston-type steam engines were used to generate electricity. As the demand for electricity rose, the power plant’s capacity was increased, and in 1914, two new power generation units were installed, followed by two new steam boilers in 1917. After the end of the Second World War, when ‘Kelenföld Power Plant‘ was not capable to operate, the ‘Újpest Power Plant’ had to supply also some more distant areas. From 1953, the low caloric value of coal was compensated by the use of heavy oil.


As a result of the increase in the steam demand of the industrial plants at Újpest and of the heat demand of the housing estates, heat supply started also from Újpest Plant. The power plant started to supply hot water for the district heating system in 1978.

At present, the power plant has an installed electrical capacity of 111 MWe, an installed hot water capacity of 342 MWth and a steam delivery capacity of 40 ton per hour. I took these photos in the oldest part of the power plant. In the early days, there were several steam engines here. Today there is only one engine left on standby for when the demand is high.

I visited ‘Újpesti Erőmű’ in 2015. Read more reports of abandoned power plants in Belgium, The Netherlands and on the Canary Islands.

Built 1910
Abandoned 2010