Uniper seeks court ruling over Dutch coal exit

FRANKFURT, April 16 (Reuters) - Uniper is seeking a court ruling on whether plans by the Netherlands to shut all coal-fired power plants in the country are legal, the German-based utility said on Friday.

Under the Dutch plans, Uniper’s 1.07 gigawatt (GW) Maasvlakte MPP 3 plant must close by Jan. 1, 2030, about 15 years after it was opened.

“Uniper has consistently expressed its concerns to the ministry and members of Parliament and the Senate about the fact that the law is lacking sufficient compensation,” Uniper, which is majority-owned by Finland’s Fortum, said.

“In Uniper’s view, this law is unbalanced as Uniper cannot execute its ownership rights, but is also not compensated.”

Uniper’s comments come after larger peer RWE in February filed a lawsuit to seek compensation from the Dutch government for the planned shutdown of its 1.56 GW Eemshaven plant. (Reporting by Christoph Steitz and Tom Kaeckenhoff; Editing by David Holmes and Caroline Copley)