Germany's minister for the economy, Philipp Roesler, said he envisages
new fossil-fuel power plants at the sites of decommissioned old nuclear power
facilities, as the country needs to fill the gap left following its decision
to phase out nuclear power generation by 2022.
"All the necessary grid connections are already there," Roesler, who is
also vice-chancellor, said Wednesday during a visit to the European Energy
Exchange in Leipzig.
The market will decide whether the new plants should be coal and
gas-fired plants, he added, according to a report by state broadcaster ARD.
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According to the ministry, new fossil-fueled power plants with a
capacity of 10 GW are currently under construction and will come online by
However, Germany needs another 10 GW of new flexible power plant
capacity by 2020 to satisfy demand, the ministry estimates.
Germany may get help from Russia in financing some of the new plant
capacity. Russian energy minister Sergei Shmatko told German daily
Sueddeutschen Zeitung earlier this week that his country is ready to build
and operate power plants with German partners.
The Russian minister echoed the German ministry's estimates that around
10 GW of new plant capacity is needed in Germany over the coming 10 years due
to the nuclear exit decision, according to the report.
"We are ready to finance projects on that scale," the Russian energy
minister said in an interview with the paper. According to industry sources,
plans on such a scale may cost up to Eur15 billion ($20 billion).
Russian gas major Gazprom is currently in exclusive talks with Germany's
biggest power generator RWE about a possible joint-venture operating power
plants in Germany, the Benelux countries and the UK.
--Andreas Franke, email@example.com