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Electricity production
January – September

RWE Power1

RWE npower

RWE Group2

Billion kWh

2008

2007

2008

2007

2008

2007

1

Including electricity from power plants not owned by RWE that we can deploy at our discretion on the basis of long-term agreements. In the first three quarters of 2008, they break down into 22.1 billion kWh (hard coal), 0.4 billion kWh (renewables) and 1.1 billion kWh (pumped storage, oil, other).

2

Including generation and electricity purchases of RWE Energy’s regional companies and the renewables-based electricity generation, which was transferred to RWE Innogy in 2008.

3

Electricity purchased by RWE npower largely via RWE Supply & Trading.

In-house generation

135.8

129.6

27.1

23.6

168.2

155.4

Lignite

55.1

56.4

55.1

56.4

Nuclear

37.1

23.7

37.1

23.7

Hard coal

33.1

39.0

11.9

10.0

45.7

49.5

Gas

8.5

6.4

14.9

12.9

24.5

20.3

Renewable energies

0.5

2.4

0.6

4.0

3.7

Pumped storage, oil, other

1.5

1.7

0.3

0.1

1.8

1.8

Electricity purchased from third parties

12.93

18.83

80.0

84.7

Total

135.8

129.6

40.0

42.4

248.2

240.1

Electricity generation up 8 %
In the first nine months of 2008, the RWE Group produced 168.2 billion kWh of electricity — 8 % more than in the same period in 2007. In-house generation and power purchases combined for 248.2 billion kWh. This was 3 % higher year on year.

RWE Power contributed 135.8 billion kWh, or 81 %, of the RWE Group’s total in-house electricity production. This includes electricity generated from power plants not owned by RWE that we can deploy at our discretion on the basis of long-term agreements. RWE Power generated 5 % more electricity than in the first nine months of 2007. This was primarily due to the improved availability of the Biblis nuclear power plant. In the same period in 2007, both of the units were offline so that the faulty installation of screw anchors could be repaired. Block A went back online in February 2008, and Block B in November 2007. Our gas-fired power stations contributed to the rise in power production as well. Their generation output was increased because conditions on the market were favourable and less maintenance work was done than in the same period last year. In contrast, electricity production by our hard coal-fired power stations experienced a margin-driven decline compared to the year-earlier level. We also generated less electricity from lignite. This was largely due to an increase in maintenance work and unplanned outages resulting from boiler damage.

Power production at RWE npower was up 15 % to 27.1 billion kWh. This is primarily due to improved market conditions for our UK gas and hard coal power plants. However, two of the three hard coal units at our Aberthaw location were only available to a limited extent due to delays in the installation of a flue gas desulphurization unit.

RWE Innogy, our specialist for renewables energies, generated 2.9 billion kWh in the period under review. This production predominantly stems from capacity which the company took over from RWE Power, RWE npower and RWE Energy.

RWE Energy generated 2.4 billion kWh of electricity. The majority of this is allocable to the German regional companies.

Gas production up, oil production down
In the period under review, RWE Dea produced 2,457 million m³ of gas and 1,826 thousand m³ of oil. In terms of oil equivalent, output totalled 4,205 thousand m³, which equals 26.4 million barrels. Our total production was thus roughly on par with the year-earlier level. Gas output was up 9 %. The biggest gain was recorded in Germany where we benefited from measures to improve production yield. Output was higher in Egypt as well, because a concession agreement was modified to our benefit. Furthermore, we commissioned an additional production well there. By contrast, crude oil output was down 12 %. This was largely because we sold our license in Dubai in April 2007. Production from our oil fields is declining as reserves are being exhausted. This is happening primarily in our fields in Germany — as well as in Norway, where production outages occurred due to maintenance work. Conversely, we increased output in Egypt and Denmark.


 

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