February 26, 2016 / 11:06 AM / 3 years ago

E.ON's Uniper files lawsuit over Irsching gas-fired power plant

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Uniper, the power plant and trading unit of E.ON, has filed a lawsuit against network operator Tennet IPO-TTH.AS, which has blocked the group’s plan to mothball its loss-making Irsching gas-fired power plant, one of Europe’s newest.

Last year, the plant’s operators unveiled plans to shut down the Irsching units 4 and 5, which have a total capacity of about 1,400 megawatts (MW), but regulators blocked the scheme, arguing its capacity was needed to supply southern Germany.

Uniper, which will be spun off from E.ON and listed later this year, said it had filed a lawsuit on Friday with the Bayreuth regional court regarding Irsching 4, which it fully owns.

Uniper said it had also filed a separate suit — jointly with co-owners Mainova, N-Ergie and HSE — related to Irsching 5 with the Duesseldorf regional court, claiming compensation paid for the block in the past had been too low.

Irsching is one of many power stations in Germany that are running at only a fraction of the time needed to be profitable, having been replaced by solar and wind energy, which have priority access to the grid. (Reporting by Tom Kaeckenhoff; Writing by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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