The Federal Network Agency provides criteria for the sequence of shutdown in the event of a gas shortage
If Russia turns off the gas tap, the Federal Network Agency will have to decide who will get the gas. The authority has now announced the criteria on which it will decide. Families are still among the protected clients.
DrThe head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Muller, explained that in the event of a Russian gas supply interruption, not only private homes but also facilities such as firefighters, hospitals, police, schools, day care centers, prisons and the German armed forces are among the protected customers.
For private homes, annual gas consumption of up to 10,000 kWh is a guideline: “This also covers professional or commercial purposes in private homes, for example self-employed people,” said Muller of the Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung. Commercial establishments such as supermarkets or bakeries, which consume up to 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of gas per year, must also be protected from gas outages.
Above all, recreational facilities such as swimming pools and fun pools are the first to be prepared for closure, Mueller explained: “If an emergency situation arises, it makes sense to intervene first in the entertainment sector before downsizing or closing down industrial companies. Where, yes, there are many Important jobs and products are pending.”
Against the background of the Ukraine war, the Federal Network Agency is preparing for the fact that Germany will not have enough gas available after Russia stops supplying. While supplies will continue to be provided to families, the focus is on the economy.
Six criteria for industrial closure
Although large parts of Germany should not fear rationing, “it must be made clear that the lack of gas is a real crisis. Life is no longer happy and comfortable, and therefore I am sure that such interventions will be understood,” said Muller of FAZ. He spoke for the first time about six criteria that should determine whether large industrial consumers should be shut down in the event of a gas emergency.
On the other hand, the size of the company and the necessity to take action is crucial. About 2,500 companies in the leisure sector, which account for more than 10 megawatt-hours, will account for the majority of Germany’s total industrial gas consumption. In addition, some companies need more lead time to be able to reduce their consumption.
The goal of the incremental plan is also to keep economic and commercial damage as low as possible. In the ceramics industry, for example, production facilities freeze and fail when there is no gas. We also take into account the costs and time taken to restart the system,” explained the head of the network agency.
Providing the public with food or medicine is of paramount importance. “It is important to find the fastest possible solution in a given situation with the least possible damage. It will not be easy.”