The power plant operator Uniper plans to gradually shut down its other hard coal-fired power plants after the controversial power plant in Datteln has been commissioned. The group's CEO Andreas Schierenbeck announced that the group wanted to make an active and constructive contribution to a rapid exit from coal-based electricity generation in Germany. "We want to send a signal that the discussions in recent years are now being followed up by action."
In other countries, for example Russia, Uniper continues to do so
on coal power. The decommissioning now targeted corresponds approximately
half of the Group's hard coal-fired power plant capacity in Europe.
In Germany, Uniper initially plans to build three hard coal-fired power plants in Gelsenkirchen as well as decommissioning the Wilhelmshaven power plant with a total output of around 1,500 megawatts by the end of 2022. A further 1,400 megawatts are to follow at the Staudinger locations in Hesse and Heyden (North Rhine-Westphalia) by the end of 2025 at the latest. This should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40 percent by 2025, said Schierenbeck. Thereafter, Datteln 4 will be the only remaining Uniper hard coal power plant in Germany.
Contrary to a recommendation by the coal commission, the 1,100 megawatt power plant in Datteln in the Ruhr area is to go online in the summer. Environmentalists and climate activists are protesting violently. The Federal Government has promised that additional hard coal capacity will be taken off the grid so that no additional greenhouse gases are generated.
Uniper emphasized that the planned shutdowns are voluntary. Participation in the coal decommissioning tenders will "examine in due course Uniper," said a spokesman. The coal exit law stipulates that operators of hard coal-fired power plants can apply for decommissioning against compensation payments until 2026.
The ver.di union demanded that the decommissioning should not be at the expense of the employees. At least 2,000 workers at Uniper and external companies are directly and indirectly affected. Uniper announced that it would develop alternative concepts for the locations, such as combined heat and power.