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Germany triggers the “alarm” phase of its gas emergency plan


The move comes into play amid a disruption in supplies from Russia, which Moscow has blamed on sanctions

The German government on Thursday launched the second “alarm” phase of its three-tier contingency plan, which was prepared on possible disruptions in gas supply. He said the country was facing a fuel crisis as flows from Russia dwindled.

Economy Minister Robert Habeck called Russia’s gas shortage “aeconomic attackabout his country by President Vladimir Putin.

We will defend ourselves against this. But our country’s gonna have to take a rocky road now,” he said.

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Germany on the brink of the ‘alarm phase’ of the gas emergency – Die Welt

The introduction of new emergency measures comes after Gazprom decided last week to cut its natural gas deliveries to Germany by 60%. As Berlin castigated the decision of the Russian company“Politics,”Moscow explained:“there is simply nothing to pump”,pointing out that Gazprom was unable to safely maintain gas flow without a turbine that had been sent by Siemens Energy to Canada for maintenance, and not returned. The equipment got stuck there due to the economic sanctions that Ottawa imposed on Russia.

The Canadian government has said it is exploring ways to address the issue. “The intention of the sanctions was never to cause significant pain to Germany, which is one of our closest friends and allies.Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told Bloomberg.

Germany’s gas network regulator, Bundesnetzagentur, said it would work to reduce manufacturers’ gas consumption in response to the impending emergency. The country is keen to save enough for the winter period, its leader said.

At present, German gas storage facilities are filled to 58% of their capacity, Berlin said when introducing the “alarm” organize. It is higher than it was at the same time last year. Germany wants to reach 90% of its capacity by December.

If the third highest stage of the gas emergency plan is triggered, Germany will introduce gas rationing.

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