BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – After the announced further throttling of Russian gas supplies to Germany, Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) once again emphasized the seriousness of the situation. “We are in a serious situation. It’s about time that everyone understood that,” he said on Monday evening on ARD’s “Tagesthemen”. Germany must reduce gas consumption. “We’re working on that.” The measures must be consistently implemented. The country must stand together and say: “Yes, (Kremlin chief Vladimir) Putin has the gas, but we have the power.”
Only six days after the gas supply from Russia was resumed through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, the supply volume is to be halved. The Russian company Gazprom wants to reduce the gas volume this Wednesday from 40 percent to 20 percent of maximum capacity. The company announced on Monday that only 33 million cubic meters of gas would flow through the main supply line to Germany every day. The reason was the repair of another turbine, it said. Habeck describes the reference to turbines as “farce stories” that simply weren’t true.
Gas will follow – for example from the Netherlands and Norway, said Habeck. “Now it depends on how economical we are,” he said of possible scenarios for the winter. Supply to industry would be reduced in the event of a gas shortage before private households or protected infrastructure such as hospitals would suffer gas reductions. “It is of course a big concern, which I also share, that this can happen,” he admitted. Then there will no longer be certain production chains in Germany or in Europe. “It’s important to avoid that at all costs.” To do this, gas consumption in Germany must be reduced by 15 to 20 percent./bg/DP/he