Leuna (dpa/sa) - At the chemical site in Leuna, there is still great concern about the gas despite the resumption of deliveries to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. It is all about gas prices, said a spokesman for the infrastructure company Infraleuna GmbH on Thursday when asked by dpa. According to the information, the site has continued to be supplied with gas since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. "It was and is physically," said the spokesman. However, gas prices have risen from an average of 15 to 25 euros per megawatt hour to up to 180 euros per megawatt hour at peak times, which is about a tenfold increase.
For Leuna, the affordability of the gas is currently the big problem, emphasized the spokesman with a view to the increased costs for the local chemical companies and service providers. He said that prices fell somewhat in view of the gas deliveries after the end of maintenance work on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline on Thursday. But they are still at a very, very high level.
Around 12,000 people work for around 100 companies at the industrial site in Leuna, including 600 in the oil refinery. Infraleuna offers services for companies. This includes the energy supply from gas-fired power plants. The refinery processes crude oil into petroleum products. The mineral oil company Total (Paris) had announced that it no longer wanted to buy Russian crude oil in the future, instead buying it from other suppliers on the world market. Crude oil is routed to Germany via the "Druschba" route.