Gas, for Berlin is “emergency”. We need to start rationing stocks
“We are in a crisis context“, “The gas is now a scarce resource “: the Germany activates the “alert level” on gas suppliesthus bringing the country closer to the measures of rationingafter Moscow drastically reduced flows through the Nord Stream pipeline.
The announcement comes directly from the Ministry of Economy and Climate led by green Robert Habeck that in a statement a Berlin he declared that Germany is in a “state of emergency”, which is why the country will activate a rationing plan this summer, divided into three steps: alert, alarm and emergency.
“At the moment thegas supply it is guaranteed “, the ministry reassured, but winter is upon us, the country needs to fill its deposits and reduce its use of gas as early as this summer.
This is the second phase of the alert on gas supplies, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In this way, the government will be able to “support market players in dealing with high prices. The third and final phase of this plan based on an EU model, the “emergency level“, would allow Berlin to organize rationing in the distribution of volumes between individuals, administrations, industry.
To the question “when will it come to gas rationing“Actually, German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, replied” I hope never “, even if” we cannot completely rule out such a scenario “.
Gas, Pe: “Reach 80% of storage by November”
Meanwhile a Brussels the European Council is underway, where the energy question is among the crucial topics of discussion. According to Ansa, the objective of the EU regulation on energy storage, the legislative text of which was approved during the plenary of the European Parliament with 490 votes in favor, 47 against and 55 abstentions, is fill gas storage facilities to at least 80% by 1 November 2022 to protect European citizens from possible supply shocks.
The report calls for the plants to gas storage are considered critical infrastructures. All storage facility managers will therefore have to obtain new mandatory certifications to reduce the risk of external interference.
According to the text cited by Ansa, the EU countries and theirs energy managers in response to the war in Ukraine they should strive to reach 85%, with one minimum share of eighty, of the total storage capacity. The new regulation, already agreed with the ministers of the European Union, provides that for the following years the filling level is then fixed at 90% “diversifying the sources of gas supply and strengthen energy efficiency measures “.
Gas, Cingolani: “Price cap? The only way forward”
Meanwhile, from Italy, the Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolaniwho spoke at the ANCI event on the PNRR, reiterated that “on the price cap for gas, that is maximum gas price I have exposed myself a lot: fixing a roof is an idea proposed by Italy in unsuspected times; it has had very strong resistance in Europe, but now they are understanding that perhaps it is the only way to go. But be careful not to confuse the price cap with a punitive measure for those who produce or distribute gas “.
Gas, the Kremlin: “Russia is a reliable supplier”
For its part the Russia reiterates that it is a very reliable supplier of energy to Europe and “strictly fulfills all his obligations”. The spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, explained to the press that Germany had been informed about the “service cycles” of the Nord Stream pipeline 1which is due for maintenance from 11 to 21 July.
Meanwhile, i gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 submarine pipeline from Russia to Germany decreased. Russia says a technical problem caused by sanctions has forced the state giant Gazprom to reduce the flow, while Italy and Germany argue that this is a pretext.
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