Andrea Clavarino, chairman of Assocarboni – the Italian coal association – has warned against Italy’s dependence on natural gas in light of recent events in Ukraine. Italy depends on Russian natural gas for more than 40% of its energy demand.
“The worrying events in Ukraine should make the new Italian Government reflect on the risks of our dependence on imported natural gas,” Clavarino said at the association’s annual National Congress. “Our country can’t continue to be almost 50% dependent on a source that exposes us to the risk of sourcing from only two countries: Russia and Algeria. We urge Matteo Renzi’s administration to put the energy issue at the top of their agenda and intervene promptly in favour of a more balanced electricity mix”.
Italian imports of Russian natural gas amount to around Euro 30 billion, with all supplies passing through Ukrainian territory. “This figure alone should be enough to make Italy’s families and companies worry about a possible interruption in the natural gas supply, as a consequence of a further deterioration in the political situation in Ukraine,” Clavarino continued. “Should the supplies from Russia be blocked, Italy would not be able to prevent its electricity system from going haywire”.
According to Accocarboni, Italian electricity prices are 50% high than the European average, representing a heavy burden on Italian industry. Coal provides only 12% of the countries electricity compared to a European average of 33%.
Adapted from press release by Jonathan Rowland
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcoal.com/power/28032014/assocarboni_warns_against_russian_natural_gas_dependency_coal667/