The current year does not even think to slow down, confidently maintaining its reputation as the destroyer of all, as it seemed quite recently, unshakable rules and trends. The price of natural gas in Europe continues to multiply all previously set records, and the cost of high-grade coal against the background of the closure of only two specialized mines in the Asia-Pacific region has come close to six hundred dollars, which is three times higher than the weighted average annual values.
Overseas, California Governor Gavin Newsom is demanding that Washington lift all restrictions on the burning of fossil fuels, primarily natural gas, and declare a state of emergency in the electric grid due to an acute shortage of electricity.
Not everything is smooth in the Old World either. According to media reports, the UK government carried out unscheduled financial interventions of £ 86m in the past week alone, which went down to the last penny to keep the country’s remaining coal-fired power plants running. The British National Electricity Operator (ESO) approached the owners of three coal-fired power plants – West Burton in Nottinghamshire , Drax in North Yorkshire and Ratcliffe-on-Soar near Nottingham just a few months ago.- with a request to ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity to household consumers. In return, the state is ready to compensate companies for growing production costs in an unlimited amount – and this promise is more than relevant.
The same sources report that at the moment the cost of producing one megawatt-hour in the UK, due to the settled calm weather and the complete uselessness of wind farms, has frozen at around four hundred pounds, and in a short segment of stock trading on Tuesday this figure reached 1,750 pounds. which is almost three thousand percent higher than the average price over the past decade. Local analysts’ forecasts are not optimistic: the cost of electricity for households by the beginning of next year will reach record levels, which will lead to “energy poverty” of half a million Britons, and small companies will be forced to go into bankruptcy proceedings.
The grim comic of the situation is that London is begging for help from those whom it has systematically destroyed over the decades. Great Britain in Europe is considered one of the “greenest” countries precisely because of the massive rejection of coal mining and burning. In 1990, the kingdom spent 105 million tons of black gold to meet its needs, and three decades later, consumption fell to a paltry eight million. The British are extremely proud and, at the slightest opportunity, remind everyone around them that they were able to give up burning dirty fuel and firmly embark on the path of decarbonization.
This myth is designed for external viewers and is supported by all possible forces within the framework of newfangled world trends. Any open source will tell you that the share of coal generation in Britain has fallen since 2012from forty to three percent in the total energy balance. At the same time, the fact that the British built and launched the first coal mine in thirty years, West Cumbria Mining, is not particularly advertised. This was done in complete disregard of the opinion of environmentalists for the simple reason that the British government was tired of spending budget funds on the purchase of metallurgical coke in the United States. It is claimed that switching to its own coal will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere by twenty thousand tons of carbon dioxide per year. How changing the fuel in the furnaces of English steel furnaces will reduce emissions, however, remains a mystery.
But back to the essentials. Electricity is the blood and air of the modern world. Light in homes and the operation of industrial enterprises – from wholesalers to cold rolling shops – depend on the generation of megawatt-hours. News from foggy Albion, which supposedly made a successful green transition, clearly shows that the currently popular renewable energy sources (RES) are nothing more than a fashionable toy that can neither guarantee a reliable supply of electricity, nor reduce the cost of its production.
According to the officialAccording to the statistics of the National Electricity Grid Service of Britain, this year the country independently produces 30.7 gigawatts of energy, that is, the kingdom is able to meet its own needs by 90 percent. Everything else is purchased via interconnects from the mainland. In the structure of the energy balance, coal occupies a modest three percent, while renewable sources, which include solar, wind and hydroelectric power plants, as well as burning biomass, together cover more than ten percent of the market. At the same time, as soon as the cost of natural gas went up, and the area was calm for literally a couple of days, it turned out that the good old and dirty coal with its meager market share is the very saving straw that the modern energy industry in Britain is desperately clinging to – and not only her.
We live in a truly amazing time when reality around is shaped not by the laws of physics, but by popular chatterboxes who disguise the real state of affairs under a thick layer of fashionable husk. Their influence is so great that, taking into account these initially incorrect premises, the politics and energy of entire countries, including such cool ones as Great Britain, are being built.
I am glad that in Russia such projects are treated with great caution and are developing traditional energy, which is more than justified, given the climatic zones along which the Russian expanses are spread. A year ago, the government approved a program for the development of the coal industry, which provides for technical re-equipment, intensification of production, an increase in coal preparation volumes, the formation of new mining centers and even the payment of benefits to former employees of the industry and additional pensions for miners. Moscowis considering two options for implementing the program, under which Russian coal production should grow to 485 million (conservative scenario) or up to 668 million tons (optimistic scenario) per year by 2035. China and India are already in line for our black gold . The first needs power coal, the second is ready to buy any amount of metallurgical coke.
However, in the event that the British are completely frozen, a couple of tens of millions of tons can be redirected to the west. A coal terminal will soon be completed in Ust-Luga , and the sea bulk carrier will reach Cardiff , where one of the largest coal-fired power plants Aberthaw is located, in a matter of days. London only has to accept the existing reality, find money in the budget and very politely ask the Kuzbass miners for help.