Germany became the first European country to declare a vigilant phase in its gas supply emergency program. The reason is that the gas supply from Russia is declining. Germany calls this an “economic attack”, which aims to “create uncertainty, push up prices and disrupt society.” The German government has already warned against further increases in already high gas prices.

“We are in a gas crisis. Gas is now a rare commodity.” In so many words, German Minister for Economics Robert Habeck has scaled up Germany to the alert stage of its national gas supply emergency program. Announced that

In Germany, there are three stages of emergency planning in case of gas shortage. The first phase of Germany’s emergency program, the so-called early warning, was already activated at the end of March. Today, the second phase (alarm phase) is active.

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According to the German plan, the second phase will result in a gas supply failure or excessive demand for gas, leading to a “significant deterioration in gas supply conditions”. Currently, the supply of natural gas is “guaranteed,” Habeck said at a news conference, “but the situation is tense.”

After the warning phase, there is another “emergency phase”. At this stage, the state needs to intervene to ensure that protected customers, such as family members, continue to receive gas.

Moscow has significantly reduced its gas supply to Germany in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, Russia’s national gas producer, Gazprom, announced that it would cut deliveries via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline under the Baltic Sea by 40%.

Berlin is taking into account that Russia will turn off the tap further. This is also happening gradually, as only about 40% of the normal amount of gas is supplied for several days.

Germany relies heavily on Russia for its gas supply. Before the war, more than half of Germany’s gas imports came from Russia.

In contrast to Belgium, for example, Germany does not have a port with an LNG terminal for importing liquefied gas from elsewhere in the world. Germans are currently building such terminals at high speeds.

Meanwhile, Germans are increasingly turning to neighboring countries to supply gas. In response to German news this morning, the Belgian government has already said that Japan “exports gas in maximum capacity through interconnections” and that “neighboring countries can continue to trust this.” Announced.

Source: vrt

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