France, which claims to be in a more “favorable” situation than its neighbors, will in particular have to acquire a new floating LNG terminal next year to ensure supply.

The government invited Sunday 10 July to “quickly enter battle orderto address the possibility of a total cut in Russian gas supplies,most likely optionaccording to the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire.

Let’s get ready for a total cut in Russian gas, this is the most likely option today. It assumes that we accelerate our energy independence“, He invoked during the Economic Meetings of Aix-en-Provence the number 2 of the French government, who wants to take advantage of the summer to”enter into battle order“before winter.”We are proudly independent. The first independence must be energy“, He hammered in Aix.

In terms of supply,we may have gas tensions this winter“Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned during a press meeting on Saturday. To avoid shortages, the government asked for the filling to “almost 100%»National gas storage capacities by early autumn. “On electricity, normally, according to EDF’s projections, we should have a higher production likeThat twelve reactors (out of 56) currently closed due to corrosion will restart, Elisabeth Borne said on Saturday.

But in the event of a power outage, the government is preparing for the winter a series of measures aimed at prioritizing households and some industries. “Obviously we preserve families and (…) we do not cut down factories or public transportElisabeth Borne detailed on Saturday. “We must immediately put ourselves in order of battle on the organization, the clearing of loads, the sobriety, the reduction of consumption … it is time that we must make the decisions“, Echoed the Minister of Economy.

Distribute the effort

So some industrial sites might be asked to “slow down power consumption or even stop power consumption for a while“, explained Mr. Le Maire, while specifying that”it’s totally impossible“for some sites, not to”break industrial tool“. Faced with the risk of Vladimir Putin cutting off the gas tap in Europe,”a credible option“said Bruno Le Maire in an interview with LCI on the sidelines of the Aix Meetings, we must”anticipate the consequences“.

France, which claims to be in a more “favorablecompared to its neighbors, it will in particular have to acquire a new floating LNG terminal next year to ensure supply. “We must distribute the efforts between administrations, individuals and companies“, Explained Bruno Le Maire. The government has also launched three working groups to improve energy sobriety in administration, businesses and businesses open to the public. The goal is to define a roadmap to reduce energy consumption by 10% within two years compared to 2019 “.It’s a matter of several months, but it must also lead us to make a series of investment decisions and show some imagination. France is extraordinarily imaginative, creative in terms of energy“, Said Bruno Le Maire on LCI.

The risk of energy shortages does not stop at the French borders, as on Wednesday the president of the European Commission invited the 27 Member States of the European Union to “prepare for further gas supply disruptions or even a complete shutdown of Russia.Germany, otherwise more dependent on Russian gas than France, is already on high alert. The Bundestag has adopted a savings plan: more heating above 20 degrees in winter and more hot water in individual offices, for example.

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