Germany could only rid itself of Russian gas dependence through a national effort, both at the level of federal, state and local authorities, and at the level of private companies and households. By 2024, Germany is able to reduce Russian gas consumption to just 10%.
This is according to Susanne Ungrad, a representative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, reports Ukrinform citing Guildhall.
“Immediately after the start of the war, the Federal Government began activities to secure the energy supply in Germany and at the same time reduce dependence on Russia. In the past, the share of Russian gas deliveries averaged 55%. By mid-April, that figure had dropped to around 35%. To this end, natural gas purchases from Norway and the Netherlands have been increased and LNG imports have increased significantly,” the official said.
“However, independence from Russian gas can only be achieved through a national effort. Many steps are required by many actors at the same time – federal, state, local authorities, businesses and private households. close cooperation with the federal states concerned, the federal government is working hard to bring several additional floating LNG terminals (floating storage and regasification units, FSRUs) into operation in Germany as early as 2022 and 2023. This requires a huge commitment from on the part of all involved – also to create the technical prerequisites, for example during the construction of the connecting pipelines,” the statement reads.
Backed by political talks, the official adds, utility companies are signing enough LNG contracts. “By leasing the four floating LNG terminals (FSRU), approximately 33 billion m³ of LNG will be gradually landed in the final phase by summer 2024. From winter 2022/2023, an additional 7.5 billion m³ of LNG may be made available to the market. Further LNG terminals, such as the Brunsbüttel terminal with a capacity of eight billion m³, are in the planning stage and will be ready for supply from 2026,” Ungrad said.
Along with short-term efforts by businesses and private households to reduce gas consumption through energy efficiency, energy saving and electrification, the share of Russian gas supplies in gas consumption may be reduced to around 30% by the end of the year, the official estimates. , noting that independence from Russian gas can largely be achieved in a joint effort “by the summer of 2024”.
“This requires diversification, savings, the faster ramp-up of hydrogen and the massive development of renewable energies. Overall, the gradual reduction of Russian gas to only 10% of gas consumption by summer 2024 is possible,” the official concluded.
Earlier, a German Greens MP, Robin Wagner, also noted that Germany is already working on Russian gas independence, building LNG terminals and concluding new supply contracts. According to the legislator, Germany’s goal should be to stop gas imports via Nord Stream 1 as soon as possible.