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German Power Plants Warn of Coal Shortage Amid Low River Levels

  • Reduced river depths threatens shipments to coal plants
  • EnBW, Trianel say they have supply issues at two power plants
Coal is shipped along the River Rhine, in Germany.

Coal is shipped along the River Rhine, in Germany.

Photographer: Ben Kilb/Bloomberg

Power producers in Germany’s Rhine region are warning of lower output as low water levels delay deliveries of coal.

Germany is battling with decreased river levels and competition for barges on its key waterways amid a drought that threatens the ability of coal plants to stock up ahead of winter. The reduced shipments come as the government revives some dormant coal stations as a way to avoid burning natural gas, which is in short supply as Russia squeezes flows to Europe.