Uniper’s CEO: The energy company will soon have fully repaid its KfW loans.

DThe energy company Uniper, which was saved by billions of euros in aid from the federal government, will soon have fully repaid its billion-euro loan from the state bank KfW. „We are currently repaying the remaining two billion euros this week,“ said Uniper CEO Michael Lewis to the regional newspaper „Rheinische Post“. The company will keep the credit line of up to 18 billion euros as a liquidity reserve. Uniper faced difficulties when gas prices skyrocketed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.

Uniper does not need any further planned equity assistance, according to Lewis. „In December of last year, Uniper received around 13.5 billion in equity injections from the government, which made the government the majority shareholder – an additional 20 billion was actually planned until 2024.“ However, since gas prices have significantly decreased and Uniper has secured future procurement risks through derivatives trading, no further government assistance is necessary. „I am confident that the government will recover its money over the next few years.“

Beim von der EU geforderten Abbau der Staatsbeteiligung auf 25 Prozent bis 2028 wäre ihm ein Börsengang lieber als ein Verkauf an einen Investor: „Dann bleibt Uniper unabhängig. Aber auch diese Frage entscheidet unser Eigentümer.“ Der ebenfalls von der EU geforderte Verkauf des Steinkohlekraftwerks Datteln gehe voran: „Die EU gibt uns für die Erfüllung der Auflagen insgesamt Zeit bis 2026. Für Datteln bereiten wir derzeit den Verkaufsprozess vor“, sagte Lewis.