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Market Outlook 2019

Since the beginning of the year, the Hera Group has obtained good performances in all business areas, as is demonstrated by the operating data for volumes sold and disposed of.

The quarterly trends of the four business areas are provided below.


Gas Outlook 2019

The overall volume of gas sold rose by 2,757.4 million m3 or 69.7%, going from 3,957.5 million m3 in September 2018 to 6,715.0 million m3 at 30 September 2019. Trading volumes showed growth coming to 2,731.4 million m3 or 69.0% of total volumes, due to higher trading abroad. Volumes sold to end customers increased by 26,1 million m3 or 0.7% of total volumes, thanks to the increase in last resort markets and changes in the scope of consolidation.

Hera foresees a basic stability in gas sales to end and business customers for the rest of the year, thanks to the marketing policies pursued. Any changes with respect to the estimated figures will depend on the temperatures seen during the upcoming quarter.

Gas volumes sold

Electricity Outlook 2019

Volumes of electricity sold went from 8,937.1 GWh in the first three quarters of 2018 to 9,586.8 GWh at 30 September 2019, with an overall increase of 7.3% or 649.7 GWh. Volumes sold on the free market rose by 5.1% of the total, while safeguarded volumes increased by 2.8% of the total, thanks to the new portions obtained.

This growth recorded is expected to be consolidated in the upcoming quarter.

Electricity volumes sold

Water Outlook 2019

Volumes managed in the aqueduct have remained essentially stable since the beginning of the year compared to the same period in 2018. No significant changes are expected over the entire year with respect to the total volume dispensed in 2018.

Water volumes managed in the acqueduct

Waste Outlook 2019

Waste treatment showed a 6.7% drop compared to September 2018. Note in particular the lower quantity in landfills, while in the chain of waste-to-energy plants the decrease in waste treated compared to the same period in 2018 is mainly due to changes in scheduled shut-downs and planned maintenance.

Hera expects that the rising trend in prices for special waste disposal seen in recent quarters will continue during the rest of the year, due to the country’s structural shortcomings in plants.

Waste volumes treated

Page updated 13 November 2019

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