Gas sales


External gas sales volume
January – September

RWE
Dea

 

RWE Supply & Trading

 

RWE
Energy

 

RWE
npower

 

RWE Group

Billion kWh

2009

2008

 

2009

20081

 

2009

20081

 

2009

2008

 

2009

2008

1

Figures partially adjusted; see commentary Notes on reporting.

Private and commercial customers

 

 

44.9

41.9

 

30.1

32.0

 

75.0

73.9

Industrial and corporate customers

2.3

2.0

 

14.9

14.9

 

48.5

55.0

 

4.7

6.5

 

70.4

78.4

Distributors

11.1

12.3

 

6.3

6.5

 

45.8

54.8

 

 

63.2

73.6

Total

13.4

14.3

 

21.2

21.4

 

139.2

151.7

 

34.8

38.5

 

208.6

225.9

Gas sales volume down 8 % on prior-year level

External gas sales decreased by 8 % to 208.6 billion kWh. Many industrial customers ramped down production in response to the weak economy and therefore used less gas. In addition, we recorded customer losses in the German distributor segment.

RWE Dea delivered 13.4 billion kWh of gas to external customers in the period under review, falling below the prior-year figure by 6 %. This was due to the decline in gas production.

RWE Supply & Trading’s external gas sales volume totalled 21.2 billion kWh. This division focuses on procuring gas for RWE Group companies and therefore predominantly generates internal sales. The company’s external gas sales consist of surplus purchase volumes and supplies to major industrial and corporate customers. In the first three quarters, gas sales were only marginally down year on year, despite the economy’s negative effect.

RWE Energy sold 139.2 billion kWh of gas, 8 % less than in the same period in 2008. In reaction to increasingly fierce competition in the German and Czech gas markets, some of our customers switched suppliers or started diversifying their gas procurement. This primarily applied to the German distributors. The recession also caused sales volumes to shrink. A positive effect was felt from the Slovak supply company RWE Gas Slovensko taking up operations. It supplied 1.6 billion kWh of gas to its corporate customers in the period under review. Gas sales in the residential and commercial customer segment grew, in part due to the cool winter. Customer acquisitions by eprimo also contributed to this: By September 30, 2009, the company had 40,000 gas customers, 26,000 more than at the end of 2008. As of the balance sheet date, 3.6 million private and commercial customers purchased gas from RWE Energy. Our gas customer base in Germany totalled 1.0 million, including 37,000 added since the beginning of the year. By the end of September, RWE Energy was supplying 2.3 million residential and commercial customers in the Czech Republic and 249,000 in the Netherlands.

RWE npower’s gas deliveries were down 10 % to 34.8 billion kWh. One of the reasons was the reduction in demand among industrial enterprises, due to the economic situation. Gas consumption by households served by RWE npower was also down. This was due to energy savings, partly in reaction to the economic crisis. By September 30, 2009, RWE npower was supplying 2.7 million private and commercial customers with gas. We have won 71,000 since the end of 2008 and have a 12 % share of the UK household market. The number of customers to whom we supply both electricity and gas amounts to 2.4 million.