The dwindling supply of Russian gas to Europe from Wednesday heralds a tough cold season, expert warns.
“The great hope for the next winter is that it is not too harsh and that it does not last too long”, illustrates Yvan Cliche, specialist in energy issues and member of the Center for International Studies and Research at the University of Montreal ( CERIUM), airing on QUB Radio on Monday.
Normally, Europe tries to fill its reserves to 70% of their capacity before the arrival of winter. However, the continent is seeking to fill them completely in order to avoid a crisis if Russia completely cut off supplies.
“In 2009, Russia cut off gas to Ukraine and that caused a dozen deaths in Europe”, recalls Yvan Cliche.