French gas reserves are 80% full, assures the government, optimistic for the winter

French gas storages are currently 80% full, and will be completely filled on November 1, said Minister of Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, on CNews on Wednesday August 3.

“We are now at 80% filling of our strategic gas stocks, we are ahead of our objectives, this means that we will fill 100% before November 1, which was our objective. »

She called “collectively” all French people, but above all “biggest actors” at “to reduce their consumption of gas and electricity”because “the two systems are linked”. “And this goes in the direction of the fight against global warming”she argued, after a question about the risk of shortages next winter in France and Europe, a consequence of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

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“The major players, administrations, companies must reduce their consumption”she insisted. “The 19 degree setpoint is not respected everywhere”lamented the Minister.

European solidarity

The Minister recalled and explained the European solidarity mechanisms at work for sharing access to energy sources. “We are counting on solidarity, particularly from Germany, to import electricity”she said, in reference to production problems faced by French nuclear power plants. “And we must be in support of Germany for the gas that we import into our LNG terminals. We have four who are at work right now.”she recalled.

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She defended the European principle of importing Azerbaijani gas to compensate for the absence of Russian gas, despite the controversies over human rights in this country. “I don’t think we have any interest in the EU being weak economically and not protecting its people for next winter”she said.

Agnès Pannier-Runacher also qualified as“irresponsible” the remarks of the National Rally candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen asking to put an end to the sanctions against Russia in order to once again be able to benefit from the gas coming from this country. “The political figure who prides himself on being the most patriotic is also the first to sell our republic for a dish of lentils”launched the Minister.

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