Simply suffocated: industrial gas demand dropped by 30% across key European markets in Aug22.
Record high gas prices are driving production curtailments across the most gas-and energy intensive industries.
By the end of August, 70% of Europe’s fertilizer production was curtailed.
In contrast, gas burn in the power sector continued to surge (by over 20% you) as gas-fired power plants provide back-up against the steep fall in nuclear and hydro output.
This highlights, that industry has become the main flexibility provider in European gas system, although this comes at a cost.
Prolonged production curtailments will naturally weigh on the economy and will drive up unemployment.
What is your view? What will be the impact of the record high gas and electricity prices on industry? Could we face a risk of deindustrialisation?
Source: Greg MOLNAR