KASSEL, Germany Feb 27 A German court ruled on
Wednesday that a state's decision to shut down RWE's
Biblis nuclear plant for three months in 2011 was illegal,
raising the utility's prospects of financial compensation.
RWE, Germany's No.2 utility, had filed a complaint in April
2011 against the German state of Hesse, which had ordered a
three-month shutdown of RWE's Biblis nuclear plant following the
disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant.
The Hesse Administrative Court said the order had been
illegal because RWE had no opportunity to respond properly,
adding that an appeal against the decision had not been
The Fukushima disaster later also triggered Germany's
decision to exit nuclear power for good by 2022, leaving
Germany's top utilities - E.ON, RWE, EnBW
and Vattenfall - with billions of euros of writedowns
and thousands of job losses.
Biblis, Germany's oldest nuclear plant, has remained idled
"We are glad that the court followed our opinion," an RWE
spokeswoman said, adding the company would now examine the
ruling and would claim damages in civil court.
In July last year, the court had already ruled that RWE's
complaint filed against the state of Hesse for forcing the
company to shut down Biblis was "admissible".
RWE estimates that dismantling its two reactors at Biblis
will cost 1.5 billion euros ($1.96 billion), excluding storage
costs for the nuclear waste.
($1 = 0.7649 euros)
(Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Anthony Barker)