Uniper has announced its decision to retire the Heyden 4 hard coal-fired power plant located in Petershagen, Germany, in the coming year.
This energy company, predominantly owned by the German government with a 99.1% stake, had previously suspended commercial operations at the plant. However, it resumed operations in 2022 after divesting from Russian energy investments in the wake of the Ukraine invasion. The Heyden 4 power plant boasts a net capacity of 875 megawatts and currently employs a workforce of 95 individuals, as confirmed by Uniper. The official decommissioning date for the plant is set for September 30, 2024, according to the company’s announcement.
Holger Kreetz, the Chief Operating Officer of Uniper, expressed, “The forthcoming decommissioning in the autumn of 2024 marks a significant milestone for both the Federal Republic of Germany’s commitment to phasing out coal-fired power generation and Uniper’s broader portfolio transformation.”
Uniper has outlined its strategic objective to discontinue coal-fired energy generation entirely by the year 2029.