Russian natural gas inflows at the Waidhaus transfer point in northern Upper Palatinate fell sharply again on Friday. About a third of Russia’s gas arrived at the compressor station there less than on Thursday. The amount of gas passing through Waidhaus has already decreased significantly in previous days. This is shown by the data of the Transparency Platform of the European Gas Transmission System Operators.
Since the beginning of the week, the amount of gas measured at Waidhaus has dropped by about two-thirds.
Russian gas has been on the road for ten days
As an entry point for Russian natural gas, the Waidhaus compressor station supplies Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and, via Belgium, the British Isles. The Russian natural gas journey of about 6,000 kilometers to Waidhaus takes about ten days.
In May, Waidhaus was hit by the fact that Ukraine restricted the transit of Russian natural gas as a result of the occupation. The pipeline system comes from western Siberia and leads through Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to the compressor station in Waidhaus.
Missing deliveries can be compensated
In its report on the state of gas supplies on Thursday, the Federal Network Agency emphasized that security of supply in Germany is currently guaranteed. Gas supply is stable. Companies affected by missing supplies can currently procure these quantities elsewhere on the market.
The Federal Network Agency sees the missing turbine as the reason
According to the Federal Network Agency, gas flows from the Baltic Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline were restricted to about 40 percent of maximum capacity on Wednesday at 11 p.m. However, the authorities could not confirm the causal link between the missing gas compressor on the Russian side and the large supply constraint.
Gazprom has announced that it will reduce deliveries due to delays in the overhaul of the Nord Stream gas turbine. As confirmed by Siemens Energy, the turbine cannot currently be returned from Canada due to sanctions imposed on Russia.
Wholesale prices have risen
Wholesale prices have risen sharply due to a reduction in supply, according to the Federal Network Agency to currently around 130 euros / MWh. According to a management report, gas tanks in Germany are currently slightly more than half full. This is significantly more than in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2021.
The Federal Network Agency recommends saving as much gas as possible. Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) has previously called again for energy savings with a view to reducing supplies.