Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) has asked the Russian energy giant Gazprom to refill its large gas storage facility in Haidach (Salzburg) immediately. According to data from the European industry association GIE, the filling level of Gazprom’s GSA storage facility is currently zero percent. “If this is not filled, we will consider measures so that it has to be filled,” said Nehammer in an interview with the “Kleine Zeitung” (Friday edition).
However, the Chancellor rejects nationalization of the Gazprom storage facility in Haidach. There are other ways to access storage. “It means ‘use it or lose it’. If you use it, everything is fine, if you don’t use it, other companies can access it,” says Nehammer. Haidach is strategically important for Germany, but also for western federal states in Austria.
How long the Russian energy giant has to fill the gas storage facility in Salzburg, Nehammer did not want to give a precise figure. “Gasprom is already feeling the pressure. We’re going about this with determination. If it is not filled, other energy companies should use it.”
The Chancellor also defended his proposal to discuss profit skimming from energy companies. “At a time when energy costs are skyrocketing while energy companies are making high profits, there is no ban on thinking. These are real problems for people who can no longer afford electricity,” Nehammer told the newspaper. And further: “I do not insist on a specific model, but have commissioned the Minister of Finance to draw up proposals.”