France can live without Russian gas, Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runachet said Thursday on local television. BFM Business.
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“In general, given that we receive liquefied natural gas, we can do without Russian gas,” she said.
To do this, it is necessary to ensure the uninterrupted supply of gas tankers, fill storage facilities with gas and guarantee a stable flow of gas from Norway and Algeria. Another significant factor will be the weather, because in the event of a cold winter, more gas will be required. “There are a lot of question marks,” the minister admitted.
At the same time, she stressed that the French government is making every effort to ensure that the winter passes without gas rationing.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born said on Thursday that France will fill its gas storage facilities to almost 100% this year and will launch a new floating LNG terminal in 2023.
- On April 19, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his the country does not need Russian gas.
- But according to the Finnish Center for Energy and Clean Air Research (CREA), France in the first 100 days of a full-scale Russian-Ukrainian war increased imports of liquefied Russian gasbecoming the world’s largest buyer of LNG from Russia.
- In 2021, Norway was the largest supplier of gas to France (36%), Russia was in second place (17%), ahead of Algeria, the Netherlands, Nigeria and Qatar. There are four liquefied gas regasification terminals in France.
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