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German 2018 lignite coal mining output down by 3pct

Coal News - Published on Tue, 15 Jan 2019

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SP Global quoted mining association DEBRIV as saying that German 2018 lignite coal mining output fell by 3% on the year to 166 million tonne. That translates into 5 million tonne less CO2 emitted in 2018, it said, adding that already planned closures later this year are expected to cut CO2 emissions from lignite-fired power plants by 19 million tonne a year from 2020.

DEBRIV did not provide total annual emissions data which think-tank Agora estimates around 149 million tonne of CO2 for 2018, down from 200 million tonne in 1990.

The removal of 2.7 GW of capacity across eight old lignite units from the market in steps between 2016 and 2019 will reduce lignite-fired power output by 13% in 2020, DEBRIV said.

Lignite was the biggest source of German electricity in 2018 providing 133 TWh or 22% of total power demand, data by utility group BDEW show.

The lignite reserve mechanism, where units are compensated to remain on stand-by for four years before closure, could be seen as a blue-print for further gradual closures currently debated by the Coal Commission.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 15 Jan 2019
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