One of Europe's modernest coal-fired power stations was under construction in Rotterdam's industrial Maasvlakte district, aimed at improving the supply situation on the Dutch electricity market.
The Dutch power sector was dominated by domestic generation in gas-fired power stations and energy imports. To achieve greater flexibility the kingdom's government decided to allow a new coal-fired power station to be built. The German company E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH was awarded the contract for the project in Rotterdam port. E.ON was already present on the Dutch market as a utility company.
The Maasvlakte Power Plant 3 coal-fired power station, or MPP3 for short, generates electricity at a gross capacity of around 1,100 MW after commissioning, corresponding to roughly seven percent of the total Dutch demand. In addition to electricity, MPP3 also provides heat for neighbouring residential and industrial areas. MPP3 is characterised by a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and thus makes a substantial contribution to climate protection.
JORDAHL GmbH supplied JORDAHL® JDSD double shear connectors for transferring very high loads through structural joints for the MPP3 project.