German gas-fired power output up 13 per cent

The German energy lobby group, BDEW, has released data showing that gas-fired power output has risen 13 per cent for the first three quarters of 2017.

The stats have been assisted by an ongoing decline in coal-fired power, and Platts reports that the information is
more comprehensive than daily aggregated TSO data which underreports smaller units.
Irsching gas-fired power plant in Germany
Total output from gas plants for the first nine months of 2017 totaled 62.23 TWh, according to the BDEW data. This compared to just 23 TWh in the daily aggregated TSO data reported on EEX Transparency or an already upward revised 34 TWh in similar TSO data from Fraunhofer ISE energy charts.

Gas plants have registered the biggest gains across conventional power plants so far this year as generation economics have sharply improved in favour of gas compared to coal amid rising global coal prices.

RWE and Steag are in the process of shutting down a number of units, with the 2GW Voerde coal-fired power unit set to be closed in Spring.

Coal output in September had the biggest on year decline, down 18% at 7.73 TWh with hard-coal output for the first nine months down 12% at 71.3 TWh, the BDEW data shows.

Cross-border flows of electricity rose to 81 TWh for the first three quarters with Germany’s net export balance at 37 TWh, the data shows, with Germany on track to remain Europe’s biggest net exporter of electricity for a second year in a row on reduced nuclear output in France which traditionally has been Europe’s biggest power export market.

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