Cur­rent sta­tus of gas sup­ply in Ger­many

On 23 June 2022, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) declared the alert level of the gas emergency plan in Germany (FAQ des BMWK zum Notfallplan Gas). The alert level follows on from the early warning level declared on 30 March 2022.

Status report (as at: 1 PM, 30 September 2022)

  • Since 23 June 2022 the alert level of the gas emergency plan has been in place.
  • The situation is tense and a further worsening of the situation cannot be ruled out. The gas supply in Germany is, however, currently stable. At present, the security of supply in Germany continues to be safeguarded. The Bundesnetzagentur is monitoring the situation carefully and is in close contact with the system operators.
  • The events at the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines are not affecting gas supply. No gas has been delivered through Nord Stream 1 since the beginning of September anyway, and Nord Stream 2 has never been put into operation. The German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community, as the ministry responsible for security and counter-sabotage issues, is in close contact with the German security authorities and the Danish and Swedish partners in connection with the events.
  • In September various maintenance work is taking place on the European gas infrastructure, for example in Belgium and Norway. In the view of the Bundesnetzagentur, based amongst others on information provided by market participants, the maintenance work is not of relevance for the security of supply in Germany. Any possible temporary reductions in import and export flows in connection with the maintenance will be partly offset directly via other sources.
  • Gas continues to be injected into storage. The total storage level in Germany is 91.28%. The storage level at the Rehden facility is 76.55%. Today‘s total storage level is lower than yesterday‘s because of a correction to the working gas volume of one storage facility, resulting in an increase of about 0.7 TWh in the total working gas volume.
  • Wholesale prices are fluctuating greatly but remain at very high levels. Companies and private consumers must expect a considerable increase in gas prices.
  • The Bundesnetzagentur explicitly emphasises the importance of using gas economically.

Gas supply status report (as at: 1 pm, 30 September 2022) (pdf / 2 MB)

Background information

There are three levels used to prepare for possible disruptions or interruptions to gas supply in line with the German Energy Security of Supply Act (EnSiG), the EU SoS Regulation (SoS) and the Emergency Plan for Gas:

  1. Early warning level
  2. Alert level
  3. Emergency level

The initiation of the individual crisis levels depends on the severity of the disruption, the expected economic and technical impact and the urgency of resolving the disruption at the national level.

In the event that the emergency level is declared, the Bundesnetzagentur becomes the national supply coordinator and takes on the statutory duty of distributing and allocating the scarce gas resources during the crisis. It does so in close coordination with gas network operators.

Market measures before and during a gas deficit situation (pdf / 53 KB)
The role of the Bundesnetzagentur in the gas deficit situation (pdf / 68 KB)

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