Norway, the second EU supplier, can’t increase its deliveries

Norway, the EU’s second gas supplier after Russia, is already producing at full capacity and cannot increase its deliveries, its Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Storey reiterated on Tuesday.

Norway, the EU’s second gas supplier after Russia, is already producing at full capacity and cannot increase its deliveries, its Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Storey reiterated on Tuesday.

Thanks to its vast reserves at sea, the Scandinavian Empire covers about 20% of European natural gas needs compared to 45% for Russia, a country on which the EU is now reducing its dependence in light of military offensives in Ukraine. wants to do

“Norway is delivering at full capacity. The government is in contact with companies in charge of production and exports via pipelines, and they are delivering gas at full capacity today,” Storr said.

“We cannot take a decision to increase from one day to the next because (production) is maximum in the existing areas”, he added during a joint press conference with the Prime Minister. Polish Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is visiting Oslo.

Russian oil and gas

The pair discussed energy ties between their countries as the EU seeks to cut its imports of Russian gas by two-thirds. A gas pipeline, the Baltic Pipe, is currently being completed between Norway and Poland via Denmark.

Completed “at the end of the year, in October or November”, according to Mr. Moraviecki, it will make it possible to transport 10 billion m3 of Norwegian gas to Poland each year, enough to cover half its consumption.

“Can the pipeline be opened earlier? I don’t think so,” said the Polish prime minister. “Today we know very well that we must be independent of Russian oil and gas, and that is why I urge the European Commission and our other allies in Western Europe to draw up a roadmap towards the desired goal.”

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In 2019, Poland announced it would not extend its contract with Russian giant Gazprom beyond 2022, which then covered two-thirds of its gas consumption. According to the European executive, the EU could completely do without Russian gas “before 2030”.

The United States on Tuesday announced a ban on imports of Russian hydrocarbons and the United Kingdom decided to halt its imports of Russian energy until the end of 2022.

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