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Regulator: Germany may face gas shortages in winter, more savings needed

MOSCOW, March 23 – RIA Novosti. Klaus Müller, head of the German Federal Grid Service, said that Germany could face gas shortages next winter and companies and households would have to further reduce their consumption to avoid it.

As Muller told the Financial Times, Germany’s energy crisis is “not over yet” and a lot depends on whether next winter will be colder than last winter. “The danger of gas shortages still remains. It largely depends on whether we continue to limit gas use and provide various supplies to Germany. And there are risks,” he said.

Such risks include the recovery of the Chinese economy accelerating “faster than anticipated”, leading to increased demand for gas and which could have “results for prices,” according to the head of the German regulator.

Also, according to Müller, the winter of 2023-2024 will be Germany’s first winter in the “absence of Russian pipeline gas”, while “no significant increase is expected this or next year” in the global liquefied natural gas supply (LNG).

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Muller noted that thanks to the actions of companies and households, significant savings in energy consumption were possible and the industry consumed 20% less gas this winter. However, according to him, it will probably have to go further in this regard. “I think we can and should do more (to save gas),” he said.

Muller has previously called for the crates to be filled this spring and summer.

Source: Ria

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