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Germany Gives Fuel Cargo Priority on Rail Amid Energy Crunch

  • Decree aims to stop disruption of energy supplies this winter
  • Trains carrying passengers, other goods could have to wait
A freight train carries coal near the Jaenschwalde lignite mine in Peitz, Germany.

A freight train carries coal near the Jaenschwalde lignite mine in Peitz, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Germany will prioritize shipments of coal and fuel for power stations on the country’s rail network in the government’s latest move to prevent the energy crisis from spiraling out of control this winter.

Europe’s biggest economy is facing an energy crunch due to uncertainty over supplies from Russia, and is seeking to ramp up power generation from coal and oil to save gas. Recent hot weather has exacerbated transport difficulties, lowering water levels on Germany’s inland waterways and restricting barge traffic.