German utility board chief urges new timetable to halt Russian imports
The lead for Germany's energy utility association BDEW has warned the country must devise a firm timetable to exit its Russian gas deals, and then stick to it, Reuters reported on April 13.
BDEW president Marie-Luise Wolff says Germany must now use all of its energy to lock in the "necessary measures" for an ambitious timetable. The country's gas security strategy has been seriously impacted following Moscow's actions in Ukraine in February. It still depends on Russia for around 40% of gas supplies, and had eschewed politically neutral projects such as LNG terminals in favor of an additional string to Gazprom's Nord Stream pipeline, which has since been cancelled. NGW looked at the highly complex situation facing Berlin in light of the Ukraine war on April 13.
The head of Germany's energy regulatory authority, Klaus Mueller, said on April 12 that national gas reserves would empty before autumn if all Russian contracts were immediately cancelled. erlin has sought parliamentary approval for an emergency plan that would prioritise gas deliveries to households and critical infrastructure. It has also put the local trading division of Gazprom under temporary state control.
Germany bought 86.5bn m3 of natural gas in 2020 making it the leading gas customer in the EU, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy. As well as households, enough gas must be procured to supply industrial plants in Europe's largest economy. Germany exported goods worth €1.38 trillion ($1.6 trillion) in 2021, according to official figures cited by ABC News.