THE regulatory authority of its natural gas network Germany announced that the country is now better prepared for the interruption of supply from Russiabut urged citizens and companies to limit consumptionafter announcement by Gazprom that the conductor Nord Stream 1 will remain closed.
“With Russia’s decision not to currently allow gas to flow through Nord Stream 1, LNG terminals, associated storage levels and significant savings become even more important,” he tweeted. Bundesnetzagentur president Klaus Müller.
“It is good that Germany is now better prepared, but now it depends on each and every one of us,” he underlined.
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which crosses the Baltic Sea and supplies Germany and other countries, It was due to reopen on Saturday(at 04.00 Greek time) after a three-day break for maintenance.
However, Gazprom, which has a monopoly on pipeline gas exports from Russia, said earlier that cannot safely resume deliveriesuntil an engine oil leak detected in a turbine is repaired.
He did not give a timeline for when the repair could be completed.
Gazprom: Indefinitely interrupts the flow of natural gas to Europe through Nord Stream 1
“That’s part of it psychological warfare of Russia against us,” tweeted Michael Roth, head of the German Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
The storage tanks of natural gas in Germany is 85% full. Berlin estimates that the target of being 95% full by November 1 will be difficult to achieve unless companies and households cut fuel consumption.
The EU as a whole has already exceeded the target of filling the reservoirs by 80% by October 1st.