The GERMAN cabinet will on Wednesday decide steps to reactivate coal-fired power plants to reduce gas consumption, Economy Ministry sources said yesterday, as Berlin braces for a possible prolonged outage of Russia’s gas supply.
Coal-fired power plants, which were due to shut down later this year and will participate in the electricity market on a temporary basis in 2023 while Germany is on “alert level” Phase 2 of its three-phase emergency gas plan, sources said.
The regulations, which will come into force after being approved by Cabinet this week, aim to reduce gas consumption so that storage tank filling can continue despite lower deliveries.
According to rough estimates, this should cover around one percent of German gas consumption.
Germany is in the dark about how much gas Russia will pump through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after the end of a 10-day maintenance shutdown that began yesterday, the country’s energy regulator told Reuters.
The government has asked southern German electricity suppliers such as EnBW and Uniper to keep coal-fired power plants operational for the gas emergency.
The government will issue further regulations in October to restart lignite-fired power plants if necessary.
Meanwhile, Germany and the Czech Republic signed a joint statement in which they pledged to break Russia’s dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy, as falling Russian gas imports threaten security of supply across Europe.
“We will finalize the agreement on solidarity measures to ensure security of gas supply between our countries before the start of the coming winter season,” the statement said.
German Economics Minister Robert Habeck said on a visit to Prague, and Czech Industry Minister Jozef Sikela said it was necessary to prepare for various options, including not resuming supplies through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline when scheduled maintenance To be completed on July 21 while Russia seeks leverage.
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