World Important for Germany's energy market: Uniper

19:41  22 july  2022
19:41  22 july  2022 Source:   finanzen.net

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Uniper is the largest German gas importer, its imports come mainly from Russia. In addition to trade, the company with around 11,500 employees and seat in Düsseldorf also operates gas and coal-fired power plants and gas storage.

Wolken ziehen über das Uniper-Gaskraftwerk in Gebersdorf in Bayern. Uniper ist der größte deutsche Gasimporteur. © Nicolas Armer/dpa clouds pull over the Uniper Gaspower plant in Geberdorf in Bavaria. Uniper is the largest German gas importer.

It was split off by the Eon group in 2016. At Eon, promising business with the networks, energy services and eco-energies remained, but at Uniper the business with fossil energies and with hydropower.

critics spoke of a “Bad Bank” that Eon wanted to get rid of by splitting off. The company name, on the other hand, is supposed to suggest positive things, it is derived from the English words "Unique" and "Performance" - a "unique performance" is to be signaled.

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system -relevant in energy supply

Last year, the group made around 164 billion euros in turnover, setting a loss of 4.1 billion euros. With 78 percent of Finnish energy companies Fortum, the largest shareholder, which in turn belongs to the Finnish state.

More than 100 municipal utilities are customers of Uniper in Germany, and there are also industrial companies. The group is considered to be systematic because of its key function in the energy chain. If Uniper would drop, its customers would have to look for new suppliers at short notice.

That would be an expensive thing in view of the extremely high gas prices on the market - and could lead to serious faults that would also affect consumers. At that time the US bank was spoken of an impending “Lehman Brothers” effect like in 2008 in the financial crisis-at that time the US bank started a crisis that shook the global financial system and became very expensive for countries and taxpayers.

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