“We recommend that you switch to Russian gas”

The Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, assured Thursday evening that France could “do without Russian gas”.

The Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, assured Thursday evening BFM Business that France could “do without Russian gas”.

“In absolute terms, and as we benefit from liquefied natural gas, we can do without Russian gas”, but “this assumes that all the LNG carriers arrive on time and that we can comfortably fill our strategic storage, that this which passes through Spain today is working,” said Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who adds that this also relies on deliveries arriving from Norway and Algeria.

Waiting for winter

In addition, the use of gas “simply depends on the weather next winter,” added the minister, authorizing that a very cold winter would force France to consume more of it. There are “a lot of question marks, which means that we take the maximum measures immediately, in anticipation”, to avoid taking measures such as erasing, that is to say asking companies using less gas.

The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, had announced earlier in the day that France would fill its gas storages almost 100% by the beginning of the autumn and that a new floating LNG terminal would be integrated to be specified in 2023.

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