29 Nov 2018, 16:01
Benjamin Wehrmann

Germany holds national drill for “long-lasting natural gas shortage”

Federal Network Agency / Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy

German authorities want to test the country’s resilience to a severe natural gas shortage with a large-scale emergency drill held over two days, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy (BMWi) say in two separate press releases. “Germany’s natural gas supply is very secure and reliable,” says BNetzA head Jochen Homann. “However, it is prudent to be prepared also for unlikely emergencies,” he adds.
About 2,500 people take part in the drill dubbed LÜKEX 18, which is meant to examine emergency plans, communication channels, and organisational hierarchies for “a long-lasting gas shortage during an extremely cold winter,” the BMWi says. 

Find the BNetzA press release in German here and the BMWi press release in German here.

See the CLEW factsheet Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and the dossier The role of gas in Germany’s energy transition for background.

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