Pipelines, Storage & Power

European utilities burn more gas and coal in H1

Lower hydro levels across much of Europe have triggered an increase in the demand for gas for power generation Lower hydro levels across much of Europe have triggered an increase in the demand for gas for power generation.
By Andreas Walstad 10 August 2017 0 27132
A cooling tower at a coal-fired power station. (EDF)

European utilities burned more gas and coal for power generation in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year to compensate for lower hydropower and nuclear output.  

Spanish utility Endesa said in its H1 results in late July that mainland output from its gas-fired power plants increased by 65% year on year for the period, to 4.7 TWh. Meanwhile, coal-fired generation increased by 77%, to 11.7 TWh, while hydro production fell by 38%, to 3 TWh. 

Analysts...