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from France for the first time since Thursday, gas has been flowing directly to Germany for the first time. At 6:00 a.m., gas came to Germany via the Medelsheim border town in Saarland, said the French gas network operator Grtgaz. Initially, the amount was 31 gigawatt hours a day, and up to 100 gigawatt hours are planned a day - around three percent of the amount that Germany is currently importing every day. The gas stores in this country are now almost 95 percent filled.

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"Merci Beaucoup, Grtgaz", the head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller. The French gas deliveries about Saarland "help German security security".

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and France President Emmanuel Macron had agreed on mutual energy deliveries in early September. In return, Germany delivers electricity to France, where around 30 nuclear reactors are currently shut down due to maintenance work and technical problems.

For the gas deliveries to Germany, a line is used through which gas previously flowed in the reverse direction, including from Russia. It belongs to the Central European gas pipe (megal) that runs across southern Germany towards the Czech Republic.

A technical problem is that the French natural gas is already transferred with sulfur -containing odor substances. In Germany, such substances are only mixed when the gas goes to households. They serve to be perceived by gas faster.

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In individual cases, it is not excluded "that particularly special and sensitive consumption applications in industry are sensitive to the additional sulfur content in natural gas," says the Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs. The network operators in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate should be informed about the deliveries from France the day before so that the addition of odor substances can be adapted or exposed. "Increased gas smell reports" are therefore possible.

As the network agency also reported, the goal in this country, until the beginning of November, is almost achieved. Accordingly, the level was recently 94.97 percent on average, the filling continues.

, according to the Gas Infrastructure Europe (Gie) portal, a whole range of gas stores is 100 percent or almost 100 percent filled. In particular, the most important German storage facility in Rehden is only 83.24 percent busy. According to Gie, the gas memory, which is important for Bavaria in Haidach, which is not incorporated into the German average, is also just under 84 percent.

The Federal Ministry of Economics, meanwhile, intensified its information campaign at the start of the heating season and called again to save energy - despite the currently good supply situation and filled memory. "Gas is a scarce commodity and it is important to handle it carefully," said Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). All areas are required here: economy, public sector and private households.

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