E.ON France is examining the "legal and technical" consequences of restarting operations at its recently-closed 235 MW Hornaing coal
-fired power plant in northern France after a regional court said the plant should be kept online, a spokeswoman for the company said Thursday.
German-owned E.ON France closed the Hornaing plant on March 31 at the start of a gradual shutdown of most of its coal-fired fleet, but the Court of Appeal of Douai said Friday the company was obliged to maintain operations until potentially 2015.
This followed an appeal by union representatives, which have battled fiercely against the closure of the plant, organizing long-running strikes and demonstrations.
The Court of Appeal said E.ON France was obliged to honour an agreement made with unions in 2010 to fulfill 20,000 hours of production by the end of 2015, when only 8,000 hours had been recorded, AFP reported.