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Gas may fill the gap as Europe’s coal and nuclear plants close

European gas-to-power production could receive a boost by the beginning of next decade from the closure of coal and nuclear power facilities European gas-to-power production could receive a boost by the beginning of next decade from the closure of coal and nuclear power facilities.
By Andreas Walstad 20 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34330

Coal and nuclear power plants with a combined capacity of more than 30 GW are expected to come offline in Germany, the UK, France and Spain over the next five years, according to data compiled by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its recent Gas 2019 report.

Announced closures of coal-fired and nuclear power plants in Europe, 2019-2024

Country Type Capacity, GW Date
Germany Nuclear 1.40 2019
4.11 2021
4.12 2022
Hard coal 7.70 2022
Lignite 5.00 2022
France Coal 2.90 2022
Spain Coal 6.00-7.00 2020
UK Coal 4.00 2019
Nuclear 0.97 2023
2.34 2024
Source: IEA Gas 2019 report

The plant closures, coupled with expectations of higher prices for...