Dutch law forces Vattenfall to close coal plant early

Vattenfall has been forced to close its Hemweg-8 coal-fired plant ten years early due to a Dutch law, which forbids the use of coal as fuel in electricity production. However, the Swedish utility welcomes the clairity.

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An new law in The Netherlands will phase out the use of coal as fuel in electricity production by 2024. This means that Vattenfall and subsidiary Nuon must close down their power plant Hemweg 8 by that date, ten years before its technical lifespan expires.

"After a coal phase-out discussion of over two years, we are pleased that with this decision the government has now provided clarity. Vattenfall/Nuon has been constructively involved in this discussion from the outset and has been willing to close the Hemweg-8 coal-fired power plant early - Hemweg-8 has a technical lifespan up until 2034," says Alexander van Ofwegen, Head of Heat at Vattenfall/Nuon, in a press release.

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