Germany faces ‘crisis’ in gas supply, declares alarm level

BERLIN — Germany activated the second phase of its three-step emergency plan for natural gas supplies on Thursday, saying the country faces a “crisis” and warning that winter storage targets are at risk due to the decline. of deliveries from Russia.

The government said the decision to raise the level to “alarm” follows cuts in Russian deliveries since June 14 and continued high gas market prices. The third and highest stage is the “emergency” level.

He said that while the gas storage facilities are currently occupied at 58% of capacity – more than last year – the target of reaching 90% by December will not be achievable without further measures.

Economy Minister Robert Habeck said in a statement that “the situation is serious and winter will come”.

“The reduction in gas supplies is an economic attack on us by (Russian President Vladimir) Putin,” he said. “Let’s defend ourselves against that. But our country will have to go down a rocky path now.”

“Even if we can’t feel it yet: we’re in a gas crisis,” Habeck added.

The government said it had informed European partners of the measure in advance.


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