Vattenfall AB started testing yesterday at its 675-megawatt Boxberg R lignite-fed power plant in eastern Germany.
“We will start commercial operations at the beginning of next year,” Thoralf Schirmer, a company spokesman, said today by phone from Cottbus, Germany.
The plant cost 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and took 5 1/2 years to build, Schirmer said.
Power stations usually have a period of testing before commercial operations.
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