Federal Network Agency: Various signals from Moscow
Klaus Müller, President of the Federal Network Agency.
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Is Moscow stopping gas supplies to Europe – or not? The chairman of the Federal Network Agency does not know what will happen next. Only: You don’t need nuclear power plants in an emergency.
07/11/2022, 10:35 am
Berlin. According to the chairman of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, there are different indications about future gas deliveries from Moscow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
On the one hand, there are statements by Kremlin spokesmen that, in combination with the promised delivery of a serviced Siemens turbine from Canada, significantly more gas can be redistributed, Müller said on Monday in the ZDF morning magazine. On the other hand, there were also many martial explanations. “Honestly, no one knows,” said Mueller.
Worst-case scenario, if Russia stops gas supply through Nord Stream 1 even after maintenance work from this Monday, there are many scenarios in which Germany slides into a gas emergency. That depends on several factors, such as the purchase of terminals for liquid gas and how quickly gas can be saved, said Müller. From the point of view of the Federal Network Agency, it is also important to prevent the north-south divide in Germany when it comes to gas supply. In this way, the reservoirs in the south are filled in a targeted manner.
“Nuclear power plants don’t help at all”
Regarding the debate about longer running times for the remaining three nuclear power plants, Müller said that Germany had a gas problem, a heat problem. Gas is used as a raw material in industry, “nuclear power plants don’t help us at all”. Nuclear power plants will not have the power to generate heat either.
According to model calculations by the Federal Network Agency, if Nord Stream 1 is permanently sealed, there will not be an immediate gas shortage in Germany. However, Germany was not able to fill its gas storage tanks as full as planned before the heating season. In addition, there may be a defect. On the other hand, the diagnosis of many economic research institutes comes to the conclusion that even in the worst case scenario, gas bottlenecks are only to be feared under adverse conditions this year and next.
According to the operating company Nord Stream AG, maintenance work on the Baltic Sea pipeline is planned for July 21. During these ten days, no gas will be delivered to Germany through the pipeline.
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