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, 3 February 2023)
- Since 23 June 2022 the alert level of the gas emergency plan has been in place. The Bundesnetzagentur is monitoring the situation carefully and is in close contact with the system operators.
- The gas supply in Germany is stable. The security of supply is safeguarded. Overall, the Bundesnetzagentur views the situation as less tense than at the beginning of the winter. It is unlikely that there will be a gas deficit situation
this winter. At the same time, preparing for the 2023-2024 winter is a key challenge. It is therefore still important to save gas.
- Gas is mainly being taken out of storage. The total storage level in Germany is 78.26% (6am, 2 February 2023). The mandatory gas storage target of at least 40% for 1 February 2023 is more than met. In the view of the Bundesnetzagentur, the incident at the Rehden storage facility reported on Tuesday is not affecting the security of gas supply in Germany.
- Gas consumption in the week beginning 23 January 2023 was 8.6% below the average consumption for 2018 to 2021 and 8.2% higher than in the previous week. Temperatures were 1.3°C lower than in the previous years.
- The temperature-adjusted consumption is 13,6% lower than the reference value for 2018 to 2021 and thus in the critical range.
- Wholesale prices have decreased in the last few weeks. Businesses and private consumers must continue to adapt to fluctuating prices and a higher price level.
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:
- Early warning level
- Alert level
- 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.