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Russia's war in Ukraine: Germany has significantly reduced its gas consumption in 2022


The austerity appeals have obviously had an effect: gas consumption in Germany fell noticeably last year. However, that was also due to the weather.

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Natural gas terminal: Norway is the number 1 supplier

Photo: Sina Schuldt / dpa

Gas consumption in the Federal Republic fell sharply in the crisis year 2022.

The Federal Network Agency announced on Friday that natural gas consumption had fallen by 14 percent compared to the average for the past four years.

Industry saved 15 percent compared to previous years, private households and businesses reduced their consumption by twelve percent.

The mild temperatures also played an important role.

The agency's figures reflect the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: Norway replaced Russia as the most important gas supplier, and gas imports from Russia ended in September.

The Federal Network Agency announced that the largest quantities of gas imports for the year as a whole came from Norway, with a share of 33 percent.

Gas deliveries from Russia, on the other hand, plummeted, with only 22 (2021: 52) percent coming from there for the year as a whole.

While around 1.7 terawatt hours were supplied daily via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline until mid-June, this ended in September.

The lack of gas deliveries from Russia was partially compensated for by additional imports, including from the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway.

At the same time, German gas exports to neighboring countries have declined.

Gas prices skyrocketed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This had led to distortions in the energy market, including the gas importer Uniper had to flee into the arms of the state.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2023-01-06

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