The economy minister of Germany, Robert Habeck, affirmed that the European country will go through the winter in a “comfortable” way, despite the lack of Russian gas due to the war in Ukraine. According to reports, the storage system is currently 90% full and it is expected to reach 95% by November, which will make it possible to go through the coldest part of the year without the need to import gas.
Klaus Müller, president of the German agency that regulates gas, electricity and telecommunications, said a few weeks ago that “if we have a cold winter, we are in trouble.”
“In times like these, we have to show that we can plan, authorize and build much faster than we normally do in Germany“Habek said. Well, he pointed out that the construction of the liquefaction projects Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbuettel gas stations were examples of what could be done if you worked fast.
Still, he claims that even in the best of options, the situation will be complicated because all the storage stations “will be empty by the end of winter”.
In search of alternatives
The biggest drawback that Europe has suffered since the start of the war in Ukraine is that 40% of the gas for the entire continent came from Russia, the main perpetrator, which cut off the sale of hydrocarbons and argued an alleged failure in the gas pipeline, after that the European Union blockades and sanctions Moscow for its war activities.
That’s why now Germany it relies on gas from Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as a new deal to export LNG with the United Arab Emirates. The objective of the Germans is that by the end of 2023 the country can be supplied without counting on imports from Russia, which provided 55% of the total German gas.