Habeck fears fuel shortages in East Germany and Berlin
In Berlin-Brandenburg, gasoline can sometimes become scarce. According to Federal Economy Minister Habeck, the reason for this is a possible shortage of oil at the refinery in Schwedt, Brandenburg. The Russian state-owned company Rosneft is the majority owner – but everything is also clarified.
DrEconomy Minister Robert Habeck believes that the Russian oil embargo planned by the European Union Commission could temporarily lead to gasoline shortages in eastern Germany and the Greater Berlin region. “It cannot be ruled out, unfortunately, that I would say there will be an actual shortage,” Habek said Wednesday night on RTL Direct.
The reason is that the large refinery in Schwedt, Brandenburg, which processes only Russian oil, supplies them with this material. It can happen, Habek said, that “there is not enough oil and so little gasoline is available for a limited time.” The minister confirmed that work is underway on solutions.
The PCK refinery in Schwedt, Brandenburg, is the most important supplier of petroleum products in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. The majority owner is the Russian state-owned company Rosneft. Crude oil processed in PCK is delivered from Russia via the Druzhba oil pipeline.
Although “the gas-heated single-family home is the last to fear state intervention,” Germany must prepare for a decline in gas supplies in general, the Green Party politician declared on RTL. “If Putin turns off the gas tap, we won’t have an immediate emergency. Aber wir müssen schauen, wie sich Verbrauch und Nachlieferung die Waage halten und die große Aufgabe ist ja, für den nächsten Winter die Speicher voll Desweckenda ri zubecken.” auf, den Gasverbrauch zu senken – ein Grad weniger, würde auch die Kosten reduces.
Because of the war in Ukraine, the European Union Commission proposed to member states a gradual ban on imports of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia by the end of the year.