Uniper reaches agreement to support the Government in bolstering the UK’s security of supply this winter

Uniper Ratcliffe on Soar power station site - 4

Earlier this year, the Government asked Uniper to explore the possibility of keeping the unit at Ratcliffe power station, due to close in September 2022, open for longer. Following discussions with National Grid ESO, we’re pleased to announce that we’re able to support the Government’s request and help maintain energy supply security, in this unprecedented situation. We can confirm that the unit will now continue to be available until 31 March 2023, for dispatch by National Grid ESO. We are also reviewing the potential for operation after this time and are planning to make the unit available until the September 2024 coal phase out date, with the power station still set to close at the end of September 2024.

Mike Lockett, Uniper UK Country Chairman, said, following a request from the Government to keep our unit earmarked for closure in September 2022 open, I’m pleased that we’ve reached an agreement to help bolster the UK’s supply security with National Grid ESO during this winter. I’d like to thank all our employees at Ratcliffe power station for their contribution in ensuring that we can continue to operate the unit.

About Uniper

Uniper is a leading international energy company, has around 11,500 employees, and operates in more than 40 countries. The company plans for its power generation business in Europe to be carbon-neutral by 2035. Uniper’s roughly 33 GW of installed generation capacity make it one of the world‘s largest electricity producers. The company's core activities include power generation in Europe and Russia as well as global energy trading and a broad gas portfolio, which makes Uniper one of Europe’s leading gas companies. In addition, Uniper is a reliable partner for communities, municipal utilities, and industrial enterprises for planning and implementing innovative, lower-carbon solutions on their decarbonization journey. Uniper is a hydrogen pioneer, is active worldwide along the entire hydrogen value chain, and is conducting projects to make hydrogen a mainstay of the energy supply. 

The company is based in Düsseldorf and is one of Germany’s largest publicly listed energy supply companies.


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