German Power Grids Ask Gas-Fired Plants to Ensure Winter Supply

German power-grid operators Tennet TSO GmbH and TransnetBW GmbH asked four gas-fired plants in the south of the country to secure transport capacity for the fuel to avoid production outages that almost led to a collapse of the electricity grid in February last year.

Tennet, Germany’s second-biggest network operator, asked EON Kraftwerke GmbH, the fossil plant-unit of Germany’s biggest utility, EON SE, to make sure Irsching 5 and Franken 1 and 2 in Bavaria are ready to produce power even if there are gas supply bottlenecks.The plants have a combined net capacity of 1,669 megawatts, according to the company’s website.

“We have asked to secure transport capacities for January,” Ulrike Hoerchens, a spokeswoman for Tennet, said today by phone from Bayreuth, Germany. “At the end of the month, we will review the situation.”

Last winter, the nation’s power grid was close to collapse. Some gas plants hadn’t booked enough space in the gas grid to secure around-the-clock delivery of the fuel and had to stop generating gas as pipeline operators gave priority to those units that had contracts for around-the-clock supply.

Southwestern German grid operator TransnetBW asked EnBW Kraftwerke AG, the plant operating unit of Karlsruhe-based utility EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG, to secure gas supply for its 353-megawatt gas power plant RDK4 in Karlsruhe, Regina Koenig, a spokeswoman for TransnetBW based in Stuttgart, said today by phone.

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