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Germans warned to prepare for possible gas shortage amid fears Russia could cut off supplies

Germans were warned by Russia to be prepared for a shortage of natural gas this winter.

It is important that people have their gas boilers and radiators checked to maximize efficiency before it gets cold.

Klaus Mueller, head of Germany , stated that this maintenance could lower gas consumption by as much as 15%, potentially leading to significant savings.

Mueller stated that families should start to talk about whether certain rooms need to be set at their normal winter temperature or whether they can be set at a lower temperature.

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Germany is heavily dependent upon Russia for its energy imports. 55% of Germany’s gas, 50% of Germany’s coal, and 30% of Germany’s oil come from Russia.

Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned oil company, announced that there would a 60% decrease in gas flows from Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. This pipeline runs under the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany.

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Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson at the time, stated that reductions in supply were not premeditated and instead related to maintenance problems.

Critics claim this is false and that Moscow intended to use the cuts to force Europe into accepting its invasion of Ukraine.

Gazprom claimed that the equipment it had refurbished in Canada was still there due to Western sanctions.

Robert Habeck is Germany’s vice-chancellor and also the country’s climate and economy minister. He warned of a possible “blockade” of the pipeline, which could occur on July 11, as regular maintenance work is scheduled to begin on that date.

Normally, Nord Stream 1 is shut down for around 10 days. But Mr Habeck has questioned if the next period could be extended for political reasons.

Mueller warned that Germany might not meet its gas storage goals if the Russian gas flow is “too low for a longer time”.

He declared that if Russia’s gas supply was stopped, there would be special protections for private homes, hospitals, and nursing homes.

He said that he could promise that he would do all he could to prevent private households from going without gas.

His agency said it “doesn’t see any scenario in which no more gas is coming to Germany”.

Henkel, a German chemical and consumer goods firm, also stated that it is considering encouraging its employees in winter to work from home as a way to address a possible shortage of supply.

Carsten Knobel, chief executive of Henkel, stated that this would allow us to reduce the temperature inside the office while heating the homes of our employees to a normal level.

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