The German government plans to bring back oil and coal-fired power plants with a combined production capacity of about 6 GW.
And Germany – the largest economy in Europe – will resort to this step in the event that natural gas shipments from Russia are stopped.
Germany aims to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030.
And the German Finance Ministry announced, last month, the allocation of 3 billion euros ($ 3.2 billion) to secure stations to import liquefied natural gas, at a time when it seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.
Russia is a major producer of fossil fuels and contributed about 45 percent of gas imports into the European Union last year, but the bloc is under pressure to impose sanctions on Russian oil and gas imports.
On average, in recent years Germany has imported 55 percent of the gas it needs from Russia via offshore pipelines.
This percentage decreased to 40% by the first quarter of 2022, in favor of increasing imports from the Netherlands and Norway, in addition to liquefied natural gas, according to the Ministry of Economy.