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France begins direct gas shipment to Germany: Operator

France has started sending natural gas to Germany as part of its commitment to ensure EU energy solidarity as Russia cuts exports after its invasion of Ukraine, the operator said on Thursday. French network.

GRTgaz began modifying its pipeline networks months ago to be able to send gas to Germany, whose economy is heavily dependent on Russian exports which Moscow has reduced in response to Western sanctions.

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For decades, the French network was designed only to receive gas from Eastern Europe.

“It’s historic, the first time that France is going to deliver gas directly to Germany, until now we sent it to our neighbor via Belgium,” the general manager of GRTgaz told AFP. Thierry Found.

Gas volumes equivalent to about 31 gigawatt hours per day began flowing early Thursday.

The connection has a maximum capacity of 100 GWh/day, which would be equivalent to the production of four nuclear reactors, or 10% of the total daily imports of liquid natural gas that France imports.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed in September on an energy cooperation deal that would see France send gas to its neighbor if the Ukraine crisis drags on.

The supply would allow Germany to generate more electricity which could in turn be sent back to the French grid during peak hours, as around half of France’s 56 nuclear reactors remain offline for maintenance or safety checks.

“If we didn’t have European solidarity and an integrated and united market right now, we would have serious problems,” Macron said in a television interview on Wednesday.

His government is urging people to reduce their use of heating and other energy sources as winter approaches to avoid the risk of shortages that could necessitate rationing.

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