Our 2 GW plant in Ratcliffe-on-Soar in central England has been powering up to 2 million homes for more than half a century.
That era — in Western Europe at least — is nearly past. Uniper is leading the way. After 2024 we’ll have just two coal-fired power stations in Europe. Both — Maasvlakte 3 in the Netherlands and Datteln 4 in Germany — are among the world’s cleanest. When Datteln cogenerates heat for 100,000 nearby households it achieves a fuel-efficiency of almost 60%, similar to that of an advanced gas turbine.
From grey to green
We’ll have closed 5.8 GW of coal plants across Europe through 2024. Quitting coal doesn’t mean quitting communities. We intend to ensure the viability of these facilities — and safeguard as many jobs as possible — in a low-carbon world. We’ll convert some to gas and repurpose others for hydrogen production. Below you’ll find information about our plans for transforming our coal sites from grey to green.