The German city of Hamburg will supply hot water for private homes and limit the maximum heating temperature in the event of an acute gas shortage, said a senior environmentalist in Germany, as Germany expects a possible halt to Russian gas imports. Germany moved last month to set two of its three-stage emergency gas plans after Russia slashed supplies on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline before the government dosed fuel consumption.
The government is urging citizens and businesses to reduce energy consumption and help the country fill its gas storage space for the winter, but cities are also considering action if gas runs out. “In an acute shortage of gas, hot water could only be made available at certain times of the day in an emergency,” Jens Kerstan, a senior member of the Hamburg Senate, was quoted as saying by Welt am Sonntag on Saturday. Kerstan said the city could also consider a general reduction in the maximum room temperature in the district’s district heating system.
According to the federal emergency plan, homes and important institutions such as hospitals will be prioritized over industry at the third level, but this may not be possible everywhere in Hamburg for technical reasons. “It will not be possible to differentiate between business and private customers everywhere if gas shortages occur,” Kerstan added. As Germany rushes to find other gas routes and supplies with LNG as a possibility, the senator warned that a temporary liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Hamburg would not be commissioned until mid-next year.
“In July, we will know if and at what location a temporary LNG airport in Hamburg is feasible,” he said.
Germany’s two first LNG temporary facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbuettel should be operational by the end of this year, the paper said, citing the Ministry of Economy.
Hamburg Senator warns of hot water rationing in case of gas shortage – SABC News
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