Europe will not freeze without Russian gas — Razumkov Center think tank expert

The countries of the European Union have accumulated enough gas in storage so that they do not experience a deficit in winter. Volodymyr Omelchenko, director of energy programs of the Razumkov Center think tank, told about this today, November 20, on the air of the FREEDOM TV channel.

According to him, the European Union acted energetically enough to reduce dependence on Russian gas.

“This is, first of all, the filling of underground storage facilities, which on average in the European Union were filled 10-15% higher than usual and reached 95% of the design capacity. And it should also be noted that the share of Russian gas during this period decreased from 40% (December 2021) to almost 7% (October – November 2022),” Omelchenko explained.

Also, the expert noted, the European Union compensates for the loss of Russian gas by diversifying supplies from the USA, Norway, Qatar and other countries.

“In addition, Poland built a serious gas pipeline Baltic Pipe together with Slovakia. And now, in fact, Poland and Slovakia have alternative sources of supply from the Baltic port on the one hand, and on the other hand from the port infrastructure of southern European countries, namely Greece and Croatia,” he added.

Volodymyr Omelchenko drew attention to the fact that the European Union strives to monetize its economy as quickly as possible due to the increase of renewable energy sources, first of all, the strengthening of investments, energy saving, and energy efficiency.