Vattenfall's German lignite mines increased their output last year tothe highest level since 1993, while lignite-fired power output reached itshighest level since the end of communism in East Germany, the German unit ofthe Swedish state-owned utility said in a statement.
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Vattenfall Europe Mining AG, which owns and operates open-pit lignitemines in Eastern Germany, increased its 2012 output to 62.4 million mt from60 million mt in 2011, it said.
Electricity output from Vattenfall's lignite-fired power plants inEastern Germany increased to 55 TWh in 2012, the highest since the politicalchanges in Eastern Germany, it said.
"Out lignite-fired power plants now produce almost a tenth of allelectricity consumed in Germany and have shown again that they can be anactive partner of renewable energies, balancing their volatile output,helping to stabilize the grid," according to the head of Vattenfall EuropeMining and Vattenfall Europe Generation, Hartmuth Zeiss.
The former East German lignite-mining operations were privatized in 1994to a consortium of various German utilities, but Vattenfall gained majorityownership in 2000 after RWE and E.ON had to sell their shares to comply withEU requirements concerning other mergers.
Lignite-fired power was Germany's single biggest source of electricityin 2012 with a share of 25.6% and has become much more profitable since thecrash in EUA carbon allowances.