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Denmark’s energy agency declared a first level “early warning” alert over worries of its gas supply, due to uncertainty on energy imports from Russia due to the war in Ukraine.
The European Union has established a system to allow member states to flag up impending energy supply difficulties using three ascending levels of alerts - beginning with “early warning”, followed by “alert”, then “emergency”.
The system allows for mutual assistance from other EU countries, but could also mean a start to rationing supplies.
On Monday, the deputy director of the Danish Energy Agency, Martin Hansen, issued the first level warning.
“This is a serious situation we are facing and it has been exacerbated by the reduction in supplies,” Hansen said in a statement, as reported by Reuters.
Currently Denmark’s gas stocks are about 75% full, “and gas has been added in recent days”, the agency added.
The declaration comes after Danish energy company Orsted announced at the end of May that delivery of Russian gas to the Scandinavian country would be suspended from June 1, after Orsted refused to settle the payment in rubles.
Russia is one of the main sources of natural gas imports in Denmark, according to the Danish Energy Agency.
The Netherlands also announced Monday it will lift restrictions on coal-fired power generation, a day after Germany and Austria took similar steps to alleviate their reliance on Russian gas supplies.