E.ON CEO Says Germany Should Boost Domestic Gas Production Including Fracking

“We have to ask ourselves the question: Can we develop additional fields in Germany?” E.ON CEO Leonhard Birnbaum said, adding that maximizing domestic gas production could be part of the solution and more environmentally friendly than other alternatives.


Germany should explore all options to increase domestic natural gas output including fracking, the CEO of German energy provider E.ON’s said, as Berlin triggered the “alarm stage” of its emergency gas plan in response to falling Russian supplies.

“We must now search without taboos for all solutions that will help us to improve our situation,” Leonhard Birnbaum said in an interview with WirtschaftsWoche podcast.

Birnbaum said a modest increase in domestic production would not be the solution to the current supply situation, but a small building block that could help.

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