Case study

Nuon–Buggenum, The Netherlands

Loek Schoenmakers,    Nunhem, Limburg, The Netherlands


The Buggenum Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) was built as a demonstration plant to prove the technical and economic feasibility of coal gasification for electricity production. After the initial startup in 1993, the demonstration program was executed from 1993 through 1997. From 1998 until its closure in 2013, the plant was in commercial operation, ultimately reaching almost 7000 operating hours a year on syngas. The net output power was 253 MWe and the thermal efficiency was 43% on a lower heating value (LHV) basis.

The first years of operation were considered learning years. Operational troubles in mainly the gasification ...

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