Mining and Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic on Oct. 11 said that heating season would begin on time, adding that enough amounts of fuels had been procured and that the state was prepared to respond to potential supply problems in Europe amid the crisis and the war in Ukraine.
“At the moment, we have enough of everything, Belgrade plants have enough gas and heating oil and all other district heating plants throughout Serbia have ensured necessary amounts of fuels. Also, we have reserves of heating oil to substitute for other fuels, if necessary. A problem could arise from insufficient daily gas supplies via the Balkan Stream pipeline, in which case crisis plans would be activated and gas would be substituted with other fuels,” Mihajlovic said in a program on TV Happy.
Another potential problem, according to the minister, could be insufficient electricity generation in Europe, as Serbia will definitely have to import between 15 and 20 percent of its total electricity consumption.
“There are matters which we have no influence on, such as destruction of Ukraine’s energy system which is pushing the entire Europe deeper into insecurity, not only in terms of electricity price, but it could also lead to power blackouts,” Mihajlovic specified.