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Sweden declares preventive alert for potential gas supply problem

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The Swedish Energy Agency declared a preventive alert on Tuesday for potential interruptions in the supply of natural gas in the south and west of this Nordic country.

This is the lowest of the three levels of its emergency plan and is a reaction to a similar measure announced yesterday by the Danish authorities on the occasion of the reduction of Russian gas shipments to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline and the political insecurity about the supply due to the war in Ukraine.

“Sweden and Denmark have a common gas market and a common equilibrium area, in which the Danish supply situation has great significance for Sweden. That is why the Swedish Energy Agency has decided to copy Denmark’s decision,” it states in a statement.

The decision announced today does not imply a cut in gas supply to Sweden, but rather a “signal” to the various actors and consumers connected to the Swedish network that supply may worsen, although the current situation for the two Nordic countries continues to be “solid”.

The Swedish Energy Directorate urges all companies that use natural gas to “plan and act” to reduce the consequences of hypothetical supply problems, since there are “great risks” of this happening in the coming winter and spring of 2023.

Sweden lacks its own natural gas production and relies on imports, although this accounts for a relatively small part of the country’s energy supply, 3% of the total in 2020, according to official data.

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