The facts are clear, the eXXpress has been warning of exactly this situation for weeks: Gas deliveries from Russia are decreasing significantly, far too little gas is flowing to Austria to fill up the storage tanks sufficiently for winter consumption.
And now the Russian energy company Gazprom will also block the only really well-functioning pipeline connection from Russia to the West for ten days from July 11: Austria has so far been getting its natural gas via the Soyuz and Druzhba pipelines through Ukraine, but even with these lines, there were always complete failures.
Despite this highly explosive situation in Austria’s energy supply, the federal government does not want to declare the alarm level in the gas emergency plan today: “We must avoid alarmism. In addition, gas is currently flowing back into the storage tanks,” the eXXpress now heard from the federal government.
However, the government is anything but relaxed: “An attack on one of the pipelines in Ukraine can be carried out at any time. Or there is a rocket hit. Then everything is different for us immediately. And then we would really have a big problem.”
Without proclaiming the gas alert level, the green energy minister will only appeal to the industry today to convert all systems from gas to other energy sources. There are no restrictions for private households (yet). And: The companies should now save on gas consumption.
In Germany – the eXXpress reported – people are already thinking about showering and specific heating rules to save gas.
To what extent Minister Leonore Gewessler’s tip to always put a lid on the cooking pot helps to reduce national energy consumption has not yet been scientifically evaluated.