Orange with Media Services, published on Wednesday, August 03, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
The Minister for Energy Transition gave an update on the state of gas reserves in France, while the conflict in Ukraine has cast uncertainty over supplies for next winter.
French gas storages are currently 80% full, and will be completely full on November 1, indicated the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, during an interview with C newsWednesday, August 3.
“We are now at 80% filling of our strategic gas stocks, we are ahead of our objectives, this means that we will fill 100% before November 1, which was our objective”, a declared Agnès Pannier-Runacher. The minister calls “collectively” on all French people, but especially “the biggest players” to “make sure to reduce their consumption of gas and electricity”, because “the two systems are linked”.
The “19 degree setpoint” must still prevail
“And that goes in the direction of the fight against global warming,” she argued, after a question about the risk of shortages next winter in France and Europe, a consequence of the invasion of Ukraine. by Russia.
“It is necessary that the major players, the administrations, the companies, indicate their consumption”, she insisted. “The 19 degree setpoint is not respected everywhere,” lamented the minister.
The Minister recalled and explained the European solidarity mechanisms at work for sharing access to energy sources.
Marine Le Pen, Russia and the “dish of lentils”
“We are counting on solidarity, particularly from Germany, to import electricity,” she said, referring to production problems encountered by French nuclear power plants. “And we must be in support of Germany for the gas that we import into our LNG terminals. We have four of them currently at work”, she recalled. She defended the European principle of importing Azerbaijani gas to compensate for the absence of Russian gas, despite the controversies over human rights in this country. “I don’t believe we have any interest in the EU being weak economically and not protecting its people for the coming winter,” she said.
Agnès Pannier-Runacher also described as “irresponsible” the remarks of the National Rally candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen asking to end the sanctions against Russia in order to be able to benefit again from the gas coming from this pays. “The political personality who prides himself on being the most patriotic is also the first to sell our republic for a dish of lentils,” said the minister.