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Gas crisis: an unrealistic 90% storage level

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Status: 07/25/2022 2:30 p.m.

If Russia continues to deliver as little gas as it currently does, German storage facilities will probably not be 90% full in November as expected. This was stated by the head of the Federal Network Agency at a crisis summit.

The head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, considers that the objective of a filling level of gas storage tanks of 90 or 95% by November 1 is unrealistic. If only 40% of the delivery capacity passes through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, at best a maximum of 80 to 85% can be reached, Müller said at a crisis summit of the state government of Baden-Württemberg, according to the participants.

The fill level is currently around 66%. In a tweet, Müller described this booth as neat. The next goal is to reach a filling level of 75% by September 1.

The goal of the federal government and the network agency is to save 20% of gasoline to prepare for winter. “We are currently at around 14% savings. Without extra effort, we won’t get there in the winter,” said Müller, who was connected to the consultation via video.

No shortage with 20% savings

Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann warned of a division of society in view of the figures. “If we encounter a gas emergency, the centrifugal forces will be great. Greater than with Corona, and we also have this problem on our cheeks,” said the green politician.

He also pointed out that the goal must be to save 20% of energy – then Germany would not have a gas shortage. Efforts to save money must therefore be continued. “It’s in our hands. And I’m confident we can do it.” Other summit attendees also highlighted the company’s unity and strength.

hard winter

At the same time, however, several speakers warned that Germany was facing a harsh winter. A possible gas shortage is the biggest problem, but consumers should also be prepared for a “price explosion”. Experts expect the price to double or even triple.

Kremlin: Russia is a reliable supplier

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has stressed that Russia is “a responsible gas supplier”. Regarding Nord Stream 1, spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured that a major turbine would be installed as soon as Siemens Energy handed over the associated documents. “And then the pumping starts as far as technically possible.” At the same time, he pointed out that there were malfunctions in other units. The federal government sees in the description of Moscow a pretext to justify the drop in gas deliveries to Germany.

However, in the same speech, Peskov said the situation could change at any time if the EU continues to impose sanctions.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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