Germany has raised the level of alarm about the supply of gas in the country to a second level (out of three), which involves reactivating some coal-fired power plants, according to the statement issued Thursday by the German Ministry of Economy.
With this level of alarm and according to what is prescribed in the German "Gas Emergency Plan", quoted by Bloomberg, the situation is no longer seen only "as a considerable deterioration in supply chains", but rather as a phenomenon of "demand disruption or tightening of supply, even with assured supply.
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"This is a rocky road, but we have to walk it as a country. Even if we don't feel it yet we are [experiencing] a gas crisis," stressed Robert Habeck, Minister of Economy in Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government.
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Berlin, which depends on Russia to secure a third of the country's gas supply, issued the first level of alarm in March when the Kremlin announced it would start forcing European companies to pay for Russian gas in rubles.
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Since then Germany's gas storage is almost half full (58%), compromising the government's goal of filling the tanks up to 90% by November for the winter. Currently, 15% of German electricity is generated from gas.
In light of this news, natural gas prices in Europe on the Dutch TTF index, which is the "benchmark" for European markets, rise 1.7% to 129.30 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh).
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