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After the gas alert level was declared: Concern in Thuringia is growing

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Thuringia’s economy reacted with concern to the federal government’s declaration of the gas alert level. “The situation is serious and continues to cause difficulties for companies,” said the managing director of the Thuringia Business Association, Stephan Fauth, on Thursday. The uncertainty for companies is increasing enormously.

The Thuringian economy is concerned about the exclamation of the gas alert by the federal government. “The situation is serious and continues to cause difficulties for companies,” said the managing director of the Thuringia Business Association, Stephan Fauth, on Thursday. The uncertainty for companies is increasing enormously.

For example, in the Thuringian metal and electrical industry, 76 percent of the association-bound companies in their own production would be affected by a gas stop, said Fauth. Almost 60 percent are dependent on gas for advance services. According to the Erfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), companies still need time to prepare for a gas supply failure.

Energy Minister Anja Siegesmund (Greens) said that gas savings are now the be-all and end-all to fill the storage facilities nationwide. Every kilowatt hour saved helps. The loans and grants provided for companies in the event of financial difficulties would have to be expanded further and consumers would have to be relieved quickly.

The municipal utilities Erfurt have set up a crisis team to be able to react quickly and appropriately. According to the current status, all customers can continue to be supplied as usual, said SWE Stadtwerke Erfurt GmbH. Due to various measures such as the relocation of gas quantities within Germany or abroad, there is still sufficient gas available.

The southern Thuringians IHK also demanded, like the FDP group in the Thuringian state parliament, an extension of the service life of the last three remaining German nuclear power plants. The chamber explained that this seemed necessary due to the current situation and was also technically and politically possible. FDP group leader Thomas Kemmerich said the existing fuel rods could be used three to four months beyond the planned December 31 shutdown date.

After the drastic reduction in gas supplies by Russia, the federal government the alert level in the gas emergency plan was declared. At least for the moment, gas consumers do not have to fear that their suppliers will terminate their supply contracts and demand higher prices. This would require a further step by the Federal Network Agency.

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