Spanish electricity firm Endesa has raised its global power output by 2.9% in the first nine months of 2006, driven by higher generation in Europe and Latin America.

Endesa produced a total of 141,029GWh of power in the first nine months of 2006, an increase of 2.9% from the same period last year. Growth was driven by increases of 8.2% in Latin America and 8.3% in Europe.

In Spain, output between January and September reached 68,222GWh, 2.2% lower than in the year-ago period. Over half of the total energy generated by Endesa at present comes from outside Spain.

Endesa’s hydro generation saw an 8.8% increase (to 39,655GWh) thanks to the increase in rainfall in Latin America. Combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) output fell during the period (by -8.5%, to 22,600GWh), mostly because of the decline in the usage of these plants in Latin America, where there was a scarcity in gas supply.

Nuclear generation rose 5.8% and renewable/combined heat and power (CHP) output by 12.9% (to 1,793GWh).

At present 28% of GWh produced at all of Endesa’s plants is hydro-based, 29% is coal, 13% is nuclear, 13% fuel-oil/gas, 16% is from CCGTs and 1% from renewable/CHP.