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    Dutch to crank up coal power generation amid gas supply concerns


    June 20, 2022 - dpa English

     

      Amsterdam (dpa) - The Dutch authorities are increasing coal-fired power generation as Russia halts gas supplies, an official said on Monday.

      The Netherlands is in the first phase of a gas crisis, according to Energy Minister Rob Jetten, though he added that the country was not facing shortages yet.

      Russia's decision to stop or greatly reduce gas supplies to European countries means the situation could swiftly deteriorate, he said, calling on businesses and the public to reduce their energy consumption as far as possible.

      While the Netherlands had scaled back energy generation from coal to 35% for environmental reasons, coal-fired power plants are to run at full power again until 2024.

      The Netherlands will store the gas that the measure saves for winter.

      The government would do everything possible to secure energy supplies for citizens and businesses, Jetten said. "The risk of doing nothing is too great."

      The step means CO2 emissions from coal are likely to rise and measures are to be taken to reduce damaging emissions in other sectors.

      However, there are no plans to recommence production at the Dutch gas fields in Groningen. Production was significantly scaled back after a numerous tremors and is due to be halted entirely from 2023.

      The minister said gas production at Groningen would only be considered as a last resort, if there were major supply problems in the Netherlands or Germany, the minister said.

      Moscow halted gas supplies to the Netherlands in May but as Russian gas only made up 15% of the country's supplies, so far, there have not been any supply difficulties.

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      ## Internet links - [Government statement, in Dutch](http://dpaq.de/LY6vu)

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