The German News Agency (dpa), quoting diplomatic sources in Brussels, reported that representatives of the European Union countries agreed on a plan to reduce natural gas consumption.
The plan, according to the German news agency (dpa), will be adopted today during an extraordinary meeting of EU energy ministers and to reduce the risks that may result from a complete disruption of Russian gas supplies.
The document assumes, as proposed by the European Commission, Reducing natural gas consumption from August 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 by 15 percent.
Yesterday, the Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Mosqua, said during a press conference “Poland cannot agree to the proposals of the European Commission, which proposes mandatory restrictions on gas consumption in EU countries.”
It is difficult to discuss the mandatory mechanisms that have been set up in a few days, you could say on your knees, by the European Commission, forcing countries to make mandatory cuts. We can’t agree to this Moscow said.
Certainly, cooperation is not related to all the mechanisms that compel mandatory states to make rapid cuts, and we will oppose such blackmail. – She added.
According to Moscow, what is unacceptable in the European Commission’s proposals is an attempt to impose mandatory reduction mechanisms.
It is difficult for countries to agree to a mandatory gas cut, without knowing what the next winter will look like, without securing their own interests. – Note the head of the Ministry of Climate.
We are in a dangerous situation. It’s time for everyone to understand – German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said in the evening after Russia’s Gazprom announced another cut in gas transportation via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
The minister stressed that Germany should reduce gas consumption. We are working on it – confirmed.
We must stay together and say: “Yes, Putin has gas, but we have the strength.” – Habek (The Greens) said on ARD TV “Tagesthemen”.
He did not rule out disrupting production chains in Germany and Europe. We have to avoid it as much as possible, which is why we need to reduce gas consumption – by 15 to 20 percent Habek said.
Earlier on Monday, Robert Habeck, in a statement to dpa, accused the Russian president of playing a “treacherous game”. (Vladimir Putin) to weaken the massive support for Ukraine and divide our society. Therefore, it feeds uncertainty and drives prices – confirmed the German minister.
Russia’s Gazprom announced Monday that it will suspend the operation of another turbine in its Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline from July 27, which will reduce gas supplies to Western Europe to 20 percent of NS1’s maximum capacity.
According to Gazprom, the shutdown of the turbine is due to maintenance work. The company did not say how long it would last.
Gazprom announced that due to the shutdown of the turbines, the production capacity of Russia’s Portovaya compressor plant will be reduced on July 27 to 33 million cubic meters of gas per day from 4:00 AM GMT (6:00 AM Poland time). This means that Gas will be transported at only 20 percent of Nord Stream 1’s maximum capacity.
He said, “The Russian gas company Gazprom has no reason to apply the new restrictions on the supply of Russian gas to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline, announced since Wednesday. According to our information, there are no technical reasons to limit the transportation– The German Ministry of Economy said, quoting the German News Agency (dpa).
Gazprom resumed gas flow through Nord Stream 1 last week after a 10-day maintenance lay-off, but only at 40 percent pipeline capacity. This is the level Russia cut volumes to in June due to delays, according to Moscow, in returning turbines that had serviced in Canada.
European politicians questioned this interpretation and Germany has argued that restricting gas supplies has nothing to do with turbine renewalWhich was only supposed to be restarted in September. At the same time, a few days ago, information appeared that the part serviced in Canada was stuck in Cologne in western Germany, because the Russian authorities did not provide the customs documents necessary for approval of its further transfer.
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said last weekend that one has the impression that Russia does not want to restore its turbines, which means that For Moscow, technical difficulties are only an excuse to reduce gas suppliesThe real reasons for doing so are political.
Russia is the world’s second largest exporter of crude oil after Saudi Arabia, and the world’s largest exporter of natural gas. Europe imports about 40 percent of its gas and 30 percent of its oil from Russia.
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