Federal government – crisis meeting on gas supplies from Russia

The Russian energy company Gazprom delivered about half less gas to Austria on Sunday than usual. Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) has therefore convened the government’s small crisis cabinet for the evening, in which Nehammer, Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) and Economics Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP) will also take part.

“The current restrictions on gas deliveries from Russia are at the same level as the previous day,” OMV announced on Sunday morning. The demand for gas is currently rather low, however, missing quantities could easily be replaced by purchases on the spot market, “the supply is secured”. The OMV gas storage facilities in Austria with a total capacity of 25,289 GWh are already 64 percent full.

Storage 40.9 percent full

According to Gewessler’s Energy Ministry, the Austrian storage facilities are currently 40.9 percent full, which corresponds to a capacity of 39 terawatt hours. The total storage capacity is 95.5 terawatt hours, which is just over the country’s annual consumption (about 90 TWh).

Due to the tense situation, the government is in constant contact with the responsible authority E-Control, the market area manager AGGM and OMV as the largest domestic gas trader, said the Ministry of Energy and referred to the measures taken in recent weeks. For example, up to 6.6 billion euros are available for the purchase of a strategic gas reserve in the order of 20 terawatt hours (at least 7.4 terawatt hours of which are not from Russia). (apa)

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