German energy official Klaus Müller, the head of the Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, said Germany could manage for 2.5 months without Russian gas this winter.
“If the storage facilities in Germany were mathematically 100% full… we could do without Russian gas completely… for just about 2.5 months and then the storage tanks will be empty,” he told the Maybrit Illner program Thursday on the German ZDF channel.
He said Germany needs to save gas and find new suppliers amid a supply crunch by Russia.
During a separate interview with broadcaster RTL/ntv, he said consumer gas prices for Germans could triple.
Earlier on Thursday, Germany entered phase 2 of its emergency gas plan, which would allow suppliers to pass on high costs to consumers, but only with the…