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Uniper determined to complete Germany’s last new coal plant

The company’s commitment to commission Datteln 4 by next summer shows Germany’s coal phase-out will take time despite encouraging levels of fuel-switching from coal to gas in recent months The company’s commitment to commission Datteln 4 by next summer shows Germany’s coal phase-out will take time despite encouraging levels of fuel-switching from coal to gas in recent months.
By Andreas Walstad 16 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34495
E.On's Datteln 4 coal power plant. (E.On)

Uniper looks set to commission its long-delayed 1.1 GW Datteln 4 power plant in Germany next summer despite generally poor profit margins for coal-fired assets and the German government’s plans to gradually phase out coal.

On 8 August, the Düsseldorf-based company reiterated in its half-year results that it is on track to commission the state-of-the-art Datteln 4 hard-coal power plant next summer. The facility – which will import hard coal from global markets – seems likely to be the last...