Germany faces gas supply 'crisis,' declares alarm level

AP , Thursday 23 Jun 2022

Germany activated the second phase of its three-stage emergency plan for natural gas supplies Thursday, saying the country faces a ``crisis'' and warning that storage targets for the winter are at risk due to dwindling deliveries from Russia.

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No lights are on in apartment houses of a residential area in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 23, 2022. AP


The government said the decision to raise the level to ``alarm'' follows the cuts to Russian deliveries made since June 14 and the continued high market price for gas. The third and highest stage is the ``emergency'' level.

It said that while gas storage facilities are currently filled to 58% capacity,  higher than at this time last year, the goal of reaching 90% by December won't 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. ``We will defend ourselves against this. But our country is going to have to go down a stony path now.''

``Even if we can't feel it yet: we are in a gas crisis,'' Habeck added.

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

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