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Germany: The north-south divide in gas supply

The relationship between the north and the south of the country is one of the things that you don't know exactly, but where you can guess how things will continue. In other words, those regions where gas could become particularly scarce. Above all, Bavaria, which is supplied to a large extent via the Austrian gas storage facility in Haidach near Salzburg, is likely to have a problem. Because one of the largest gas depots in Central Europe is already pretty empty, belongs to Gazprom and is also across the border in Austria. A gas shortage will therefore "not be seen in Germany at the same time and not across the board," says VCI expert Rothermel. In the worst case, it would hit the east and south first. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) knows that too. who had recently called for solidarity in Germany as a precaution. "If the Bavarian economy has a problem, then Germany has a problem," he said. Disadvantage compared to the north will "under no circumstances be allowed".

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is the largest gas consumer

Of course, the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) also doesn't know exactly how things will continue. But when the members of the association explain their view of the gas supply situation in Germany, it pays to listen more closely, because there are already some certainties. For example: The chemical and pharmaceutical industry needs around 135 terawatt hours of gas a year. Or, to put it another way: With a share of 15 percent, it is the largest gas consumer in Germany.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 11:49:36 AM EST
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