The power project, which was jointly pursued with Switzerland-based BKW FMB Energie, was dropped because the companies could not reach a contract for heat from a combined heat and power (CHP) plant design.

Earlier, the companies planned a joint venture to build and operate the coal-fired cogeneration station with a capacity of up to around 900MW in Dorpen, Emsland. For this, EnBW acquired a 75.1% stake in the project company STKW Energie Doerpen, which is wholly owned by BKW.

According to EnBW, the companies dropped the plan due to ecological and economic reasons, after a heat customer preferred to build a gas-fired heat plant on its own. They also experienced problems to arrange necessary financing for the plant.

Reportedly, several plans to build coal-fired plants in Germany have encountered public opposition over environmental issues.