Supply & Demand

German gas import dependence expected to grow

Germany’s dependence on gas imports is growing as the share of domestic production and coal in the country’s energy mix shrinks Germany’s dependence on gas imports is growing as the share of domestic production and coal in the country’s energy mix shrinks.
By Annemarie Botzki 20 December 2017 0 28859
An E.On gas-fired power station in Germany. (E.On)

Falling domestic gas production combined with a rise in coal-to-gas switching has seen Germany become more reliant on pipeline gas imports, and the trend is set to continue.

Europe’s largest economy – already the world’s biggest importer of pipeline gas – consumed around 9% more gas in the first three quarters of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, with volumes reaching 65.4 bcm, according to the latest data from energy research group AG Energiebilanzen

The group said the main reason for the boost...