“Don’t panic” and “Energy saving”

You have to act prudently, Kocher continued. The Russian energy company Gazprom has been delivering around half less gas to Austria than usual for the past few days, citing technical problems as the reason. The domestic gas storage facilities are currently about 40 percent full, Kocher continued.

According to Kocher, there are no local companies with difficulties with gas deliveries, and the gas pressure in the pipes is sufficient. In the next few months, attempts will be made to better diversify the energy supplier countries so as not to be susceptible to blackmail from Russia.

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Economics Minister Martik Kocher sees no reason to panic when it comes to gas

Gewessler gives tips

Everyone can “make a contribution in everyday life,” Gewessler told the “Kleine Zeitung”. A campaign to save energy like in Germany is currently not planned. At the beginning of the heating season, energy saving should then be promoted, it said. However, Gewessler also gives tips in the “Kleine Zeitung” on how to use less energy. “Lid on the pot when cooking, reduce the speed when driving, fill up the washing machine and from autumn lower the heating temperature by one or two degrees,” quoted the Gewessler newspaper.

Kocher sees no energy saving law for Austria, as is being debated in Germany. That is “not necessary at the moment”. The energy consulting will be expanded in order to use the savings potential. “Everyone can save, for example when driving a car or the air conditioning,” said the Economics Minister to companies and the population.

Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens)

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Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler is committed to saving energy

Vienna: Four gas heating plants can also be operated with oil

The government decided at the weekend to convert the Verbund power plant in Mellach in Styria back to operation with hard coal so that it could step in if gas supplies failed in an emergency. The government is currently not considering converting the former Dürnrohr coal-fired power station. That would take a lot longer than Mellach, said the Economics Minister. Among other things, it is conceivable to convert gas-fired power plants to oil operation. “We’ll see what happens then.”

On Monday, Vienna referred to the possibility of operating four of its gas heating plants with oil. These are designed for bivalent operation – i.e. both gas and oil – and do not have to be converted or retrofitted, says Michael Strebl, Chairman of Wien Energie, in “Wien heute”.

The four locations are in the Arsenal, in the Spittelau, in Inzersdorf and in the Leopoldau, with Vienna’s gas storage facilities already being full at 84 percent. The maximum filling level should be reached by September or October. “Vienna is ‘safe’ in the current situation,” says Strebl – more on that at wien.ORF.at.

Gewessler: “Fill step by step” memory

On Monday, gas deliveries were about 50 percent lower than the announced volume, the Ministry of Climate Protection and Energy announced on Tuesday. The domestic storage tanks were still filled, on Sunday almost half a terawatt hour was stored.

According to information from OMV and the competent authority E-Control, the supply was also ensured on Tuesday. OMV also announced that it would be able to procure gas on the spot market should this be necessary. According to Gewessler, the most important goal before the next heating season is to fill the storage tanks step by step.

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