France has sent gas to Germany for the first time in “European solidarity” amid rising energy pressures.
The gas, delivered via a pipeline, is part of an agreement between the countries to ease energy shortages after Russia shut off the taps to Europe.
Although the new flow is less than 2% of Germany’s daily needs, it is welcome as Berlin struggles to diversify its energy.
Russia has been accused of using gas supplies as a weapon against the West since its invasion of Ukraine.
French grid operator GRTgaz said it would initially send 31 gigawatt hours (GWh) per day via a pipeline from the French border village of Obergailbach.
The maximum daily capacity of the new gas flow is 100 GWh, a statement added.
Last month, in the energy solidarity agreement, Germany pledged to provide additional energy to France when needed, and in return France agreed to help Germany with gas supplies.
“If we didn’t have European solidarity and an integrated and united market now, we would have serious problems,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.
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