Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

252 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 June 2017
Employment effect (start)
2 June 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


On 2 June 2016, the Swedish energy company Vattenfall announced it will cut up to 252 full-time jobs at its hydroelectric power division in Germany by the end of 2019.

The job cuts are part of a restructuring programme. The company plans to focus more on core areas and wants to reduce investments. Furthermore, Vattenfall will reduce production levels at six of its pumped storage plants in the German states of Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Schleswig-Holstein. Plants in Geesthacht, Schleswig-Holstein, will enter into a transitional operation mode.

Vattenfall had already announced to cut 200 jobs at its service divisions in Hamburg and Berlin in April 2017, see (Vattenfall, 2017).

Vattenfall employs 420 staff members at its hydroelectric power divisions in Germany.


  • 2 June 2017: Vattenfall press release
  • 2 June 2017: Süddeutsche Zeitung


Eurofound (2017), Vattenfall , Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 91611, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91611.