According to the head of the Federal Grid Agency, Klaus Müller, the gas storage facilities are almost 65% full, which is not enough for the winter. Everything will depend on whether Nord Stream supplies resume, he said.
German gas storage facilities are almost 65% full, but this is not enough to survive the winter without Russian gas, Klaus Müller, head of the German Federal Network Agency, said in an interview with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
“Maintenance work on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline is due to be completed on Thursday. Now a lot depends on whether the gas will go through the pipeline and in what quantity, — he noted.
At the same time, he urged not to panic. The country will not be completely without fuel, the head of the German regulator assured. Even if Russia cuts off the gas, Germany will pump it from Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, and in the future— from liquefied natural gas terminals.
Nord Stream operator Since July 11, Nord Stream AG has suspended gas pumping through this pipeline for preventive purposes. Gas supply should resume on July 21. However, fears have repeatedly been expressed in Germany that this will not happen. In response, the Kremlin assured that “Russia is very, very careful about its reputation, towards the reputation of a responsible supplier.”
Before that, Gazprom reduced the volume of pumping through the Nord Stream gas pipeline; to Germany, first up to 100 million cubic meters. m of fuel per day from 167 million cubic meters. m, and then— up to 67 million cubic meters m, referring to the delay in the return of the gas turbine from repair. The German company Siemens Energy, which maintains the engine, explained that it was not possible to return it on time due to the sanctions of Canada, where it was being repaired. Subsequently, the Canadian side agreed to transfer the turbine to the FRG. Berlin then said that her return is expected there to eliminate the cause of the reduction in fuel delivery.
The Kremlin linked the reduction in supplies to Germany via Nord Stream with the actions of the EU itself, which imposed sanctions against Russia. “This is a man-made crisis. It was created by the hands of the EU»,— Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that Brussels had to “repair the hardware” and give it away. The Kremlin also rejected “any hints” to the fact that Moscow uses oil and gas “as a weapon of political pressure.”
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In mid-June, German Minister of Economics Robert Habek said that the authorities intend to increase the load on coal-fired power plants and reduce the use of gas in industry in order to stock up on fuel for the winter.
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