German utility EnBW said on Friday it had enough stocks and rail transport options for the time being to secure coal deliveries from the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp port areas while the river Rhine had low water levels.
"There are currently no important limitations on our coal receipts via the Rhine," a spokeswoman said in a written response to questions.
She said EnBW’s coal plants had rail network connections as well as access to barge ports.
On-site coal stocks were well filled, she said.
As a result of dry weather, barges cannot sail fully loaded on some part of the Rhine river, a main artery for dry bulk and energy commodities
, because the river is too shallow.
This means surcharges for cargo owners and slow replenishments for just-in-time buyers of finished goods.
* "Low river levels in north-west Europe could ... reduce coal-fired and nuclear generation later this summer, which would provide further support for gas-fired output," analysts at Energy Aspects said
in a research note this week.
* EnBW operates some 3,500 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation capacity in Germany's southwestern state of Baden Wuerttemberg which borders Switzerland and France
, aside from renewable and nuclear energy, from which it produced 13 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity last year.
* As part of the coal infrastructure in north-west Europe, many coal cargoes reach the European inland by rail from Dutch deepwater seaports alternative to river-borne cargoes.
* (Reporting by Vera Eckert