The gas holder is more than 80 percent full
Chef Frank does not expect gas shortages across the country. However, regional bottlenecks can occur.
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As the gas storage facilities in Germany continue to fill up, the filling level must be at least 95 percent by November 1st. However, it is questionable whether it will be successful in all recall campaigns.
Brussels/Berlin. The filling level of the German natural gas storage facilities is approaching the 85 percent mark, despite the sharp drop in delivery volumes from Russia. As can be seen from data published on the Internet by European gas storage operators, the level on Sunday morning was 80.14 percent. The fill level is always reported with a delay.
A new regulation stipulates that German storage facilities must be at least 85 percent complete by October 1st. On November 1st it should be at least 95 percent. By September 1, the required 75 percent had been reached more than two weeks earlier.
The managing director of the so-called Market Area Manager Trading Hub Europe (THE), Torsten Frank, fears that Germany will not be able to fill its gas storage facilities as required by law. “We will be able to fill many storage facilities up to 95 percent by November, but not all of them,” he told the “Rheinische Post”. However, he does not expect gas shortages across the country. “However, there may be regional bottlenecks, which unfortunately cannot be ruled out.” He is optimistic about private households: “We are making good progress with storage and savings. I am sure that private houses will not have to freeze this winter.”
Russia recently announced that it would suspend gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline for three days at the end of August. Due to maintenance work, no gas will flow to Germany from August 31 to September 2, the state-owned company Gazprom announced. According to this, 33 million cubic meters of natural gas are to be transported daily. That corresponds to 20 percent of the daily maximum production, for which Russia reduced deliveries a few weeks ago.
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