The statement of the German gas importer Uniper about plans to introduce rationed gas consumption means that the distribution of blue fuel will depend not on the market, but on the decision of the government – which industry and how much will go first. Stanislav Mitrakhovich, a leading expert of the National Energy Security Fund, told Izvestia on Monday, September 5.
Earlier in the day, Uniper Chief Executive Officer Klaus-Dieter Maubach said that Germany would consider rationing gas consumption following the suspension of Nord Stream (SP) supplies.
At the opening of trading on Monday, the price of gas in Europe increased by 30%, exceeding the mark of $2.9 thousand per 1 thousand cubic meters. m against the backdrop of a complete halt in deliveries through the joint venture.
“They can also introduce restrictions on the consumption of electricity and many other things, oil products and so on. This is a painful story, because it interferes with the quality of life,” suggested Stanislav Mitrakhovich.
This is a sign of a significant failure of the Western approach, the expert stated. In his opinion, Germany will most likely have to introduce gas consumption rationing. This will hit industries that will be shut down.
The specialist recalled that Liz Truss, who was elected on September 5 to the post of Prime Minister of Great Britain, recently assured that London would introduce gas consumption rationing in the winter.
Truss announced on September 1 that she would not impose any new taxes if she became British Prime Minister. She also ruled out the introduction of new taxes on contingencies in the energy sector, reports Bloomberg.
On September 2, Gazprom announced that deliveries through the joint venture were suspended indefinitely due to an oil leak at the gas pumping unit of the compressor station (KS) “Portovaya”. The next day, it became known that Siemens had nowhere to repair turbines for Nord Stream.
The Kremlin called the crisis situation around the Nord Stream. They said that the units for the gas pipeline are very high-tech equipment and it is unlikely that you can find many companies in the world that are able to service them.
Experts believe that the resumption of the work of Nord Stream can happen if the EU should clearly explain the sanctions regimes of Canada, Great Britain and the European Union regarding Trent-60 turbines purchased to pump gas through the joint venture, and also allow Siemens to conclude agreements for equipment maintenance.