Germany may face shortages of such staples as toilet document and cardboard if Russian gas supply dwindles in the coming months, German electric outlet Zeit Online reported on Wednesday.
Operating paper plants may become unprofitable if they are forced to create at reduced capacity because of gas shortages, the distribution cites Jü rgen Schaller, Chairman of the Board of the Bavarian Paper Associations, since warning.
Generating paper requires a lot of water, electricity and gas, Schaller explained, adding that the technology is tried and tested and can not be changed quickly.
“ Many employees in my company are already very concerned. I can’t blame them. If we can only produce fifty or 60 percent, the operation is not worthwhile for us. To be honest, I worry too. ” Schaller told Zeit Online.
Germany and the EU in general have recently seen a reduction in natural gas supplies from Russian federation, which led to numerous warnings of possible industrial shutdowns.
The particular Nord Stream 1 pipeline is currently operating at twenty percent capacity due to technical issues with turbines at the Portovaya air compressor station. Gazprom is unable to use another transit route, through Ukraine, to full capability because, according to the Russian power giant, Ukraine’s gas transport network has been rejecting the transit applications.
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