Earlier, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne explained that France intended to fill its gas storages to almost 100% by early autumn. The Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, estimated Thursday evening that France could do without Russian gas, under conditions, namely if the LNG tankers ensure the planned deliveries and if the stocks are replenished. “In absolute terms and as we benefit from liquefied natural gas, we could do without Russian gas, this assumes that all LNG tankers arrive on time and that we can comfortably fill our strategic storage”, said the minister in an interview with BFM Business. Read also Ban the use of air conditioning below 25 degrees? Agnès Pannier-Runacher evokes her wish to consult the administration “We are taking the maximum of measures immediately, in anticipation, to avoid being in difficulties possibly in the future” and to avoid having to force manufacturers to reduce their electricity consumption, she continued. Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had explained that France intended to fill its gas storage almost 100% by the fall and was going to have a new floating LNG terminal next year to ensure its gas supply despite the drop in Russian deliveries. Read alsoThe renationalization of EDF is “not excluded”, according to Agnès Pannier-Runacher “In absolute terms, (the substitution put in place) that is enough, but it also depends on our European neighbors”, who may need of gas “and that we will want to help” in such a case, underlined for her part the Minister for Energy Transition. And “if we have a very cold winter, we will need to draw more on our natural gas stocks”, noted Agnès Pannier-Runacher. The Minister insisted on European solidarity in terms of gas supply and the support that France will provide to its neighbors if necessary: ”We need European electricity 40 days a year and we are very happy to benefit electricity imports from Europe… Well if tomorrow Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia need gas and if we are in a position to be able to supply them then, naturally, we must supply them “, she said. SEE ALSO – Gas prices: Elisabeth Borne announces the extension of the tariff shield until the end of the year
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