should France be worried?

Maud Descamps

Russia cuts off the French gas tap. The manager of the French gas transmission network GRTgaz announced Friday that it will no longer receive Russian gas by pipeline since June 15, with “the interruption of the physical flow between France and Germany”. Could France run out of gas?

France relies on Russia for around 17% of its gas, which can arrive by gas pipeline or in liquid form by LNG carriers. The vast majority of imported gas necessarily arrived by gas pipeline, by this single point of interconnection with Germany. However, France will not run out of gas in the immediate future. This is explained by the manager of the French gas transmission network GRTgaz. As it is summer, we consume less energy since we do not need to heat ourselves. So there is no risk of shortage. You should know that Russian gas represents about 17% of French imports.

55% infill

This part of less gas can be compensated by our imports of LNG, the liquefied natural gas which arrives by boat, as indicated by Engie. France imports it from Norway, but also from the United States. In addition, French storage facilities are approximately 55% full.

Nevertheless, if Russia decided not to reopen its floodgates and if the next winter were particularly cold, France would not have enough gas both for households that heat themselves with this type of energy, but also for its gas-fired power plants that produce electricity.

The load shedding decree

It would then be necessary to ask the French to make an effort by regulating their consumption. France could also decide to activate what is called the load shedding decree, i.e. the country would cut off gas to large consumers. This would concern industry and businesses, in order to be able to ensure the supply of priority establishments such as hospitals, nursing homes or even schools.


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