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24 Jan 2023 1:18 pm

In an interview, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, criticizes the German nuclear phase-out and at the same time issues a warning to Europe. According to Birol, it is premature to dismiss the energy crisis as solved.

The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, warns of a possible energy crisis next winter due to a shortage of liquid gas and criticizes the German nuclear phase-out.

Against the background of the energy crisis in Europe, the IEA director criticized the German phase-out of nuclear power: “I wish there was the possibility of extending the runtimes much more if necessary,” said Birol in an interview with the Handelsblatt on Tuesday.

If it is technically possible and the population accepts it, nuclear power should be an option, Birol said. Although the government decides, the IEA director referred to similar discussions he had with Belgium.

The Belgian government has now extended the lifetime of nuclear power plants by ten years. Regarding the new LNG terminals in Germany, Birol said:

“Building the terminal in 200 days was really record-breaking. It’s not so record-breaking when you count the 20 years before that.”

He also warned of bottlenecks in LNG gas:

“By the way, having the terminals does not mean that you also have the gas. (…) When the Chinese economy picks up again, it will not be easy to buy the planned quantities on the world market.”

In the interview, Biral also issued a fundamental warning to Europeans against prematurely declaring the energy crisis over.

“The next winter worries me,” said Birol, adding:

“No Russian gas, China’s comeback as an importer, little increase in supply: These three factors will make next winter a challenge.”

Many governments are happy about the relatively mild course of the crisis so far. “But I’m afraid they’re a little too happy,” stressed Birol.

According to Birol, Europe must further reduce gas consumption and at the same time find new gas suppliers in addition to expanding renewable energies. In addition, it would have to get into the production of critical minerals itself.

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