Germany is ready to temporarily reactivate part of coal-fired thermal power plants in response to gas blackmail from Russia, which last week cut gas supplies to Germany by almost half. This is reported Al Jazeeraciting Economy Minister Robert Gabek.
In his speech to reporters, the official noted that the German authorities plan to resume and continue the operation of part of the coal-fired thermal power plants in order to resist gas blackmail from Gazprom. Gabek stressed that he is aware of the environmental damage caused by coal thermal power plants, but considers their use in the short term the right solution for the energy stability of the state.
Stefan Gaufe, press secretary of the Ministry of Economy, also expressed his opinion regarding the fight against gas blackmail of the Russian Federation. He stressed that the use of coal-fired thermal power plants is planned until 2024, and a complete rejection of this type of energy supply, as planned, will be carried out until 2030.
Gaufe noted that Germany currently has ten coal-fired power plants with a capacity of 4.3 gigawatts and six more with a capacity of 1.6 gigawatts. Also, if necessary, five units of thermal power plants with a capacity of 1.9 gigawatts can be used.
Previously it was reported that Germany will introduce additional measures to save gas due to the reduction in supplies from the Russian Federation.
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