Gas supplies cut in Germany due to cold winter

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9 February 2006, ESSEN, GERMANY - Europe's current spell of unusual cold has forced Germany's biggest gas company to cut supplies to industrial customers and power stations, a spokesman for E.on-Ruhrgas said Thursday.

9 February 2006

ESSEN, GERMANY - Europe's current spell of unusual cold has forced Germany's biggest gas company to cut supplies to industrial customers and power stations, a spokesman for E.on-Ruhrgas said Thursday.

He said the quantity of natural gas piped to big customers who had alternative resources, for example oil-fired boilers, had been reduced so that the draw-off from Germany's gas reserves was not so rapid.

This ensured the reliability of gas supplies to all customers, he explained. There had been no reduction for private households or small business.

The winter in Europe has been colder than usual, with Alpine regions hit by heavy snowfall most days this week, while rivers iced over in sub-zero temperatures in the north of Germany, shutting down all barge transport for an unusually long three weeks.

Germany obtains about one third of its natural gas from Russia and smaller quantities from offshore fields in the North Sea. During summer, German gas companies refill underground gas storage sites so that they have up to two months' back-up in the winter-time.

DPA

Subject: German news

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