The gas storage facilities in Germany are 91 percent full. This emerges from the overview of the industry association Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). He regularly publishes the number with a two-day delay. Across Europe, the storage tanks are 87.4 percent full.
The federal government had set the goal of achieving a storage level of 85 percent in Germany by October. Despite the lack of gas supplies from Russia via the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1 since the end of August, this goal was already achieved at the beginning of this month. It should be 90 percent by November, and this goal has now been achieved ahead of schedule. In the EU, it is stipulated that the member states have to fill their storage tanks up to 80 percent by November and to 90 percent in the following years.
On Friday last week, the Federal Network Agency once again pointed out that some maintenance work will take place on the European gas infrastructure in September, for example in Belgium and Norway. These are not relevant to the security of supply in Germany. “Potential, temporary declines in import and export flows associated with the maintenance will be partially offset directly from other sources,” the agency said.
Important gas storage Rehden
The Federal Network Agency reported that the gas storage facility in Rehden near Diepholz was almost 75 percent full. The storage facility was operated by Gazprom Germania and was almost empty in early April 2022. The capacity of the Rehden pore storage facility corresponds to approximately one-fifth of Germany’s total storage capacity. From September 12th to 24th it was serviced, i.e. not refilled.
An ordinance by the Federal Ministry of Economics has been in effect since the beginning of June, according to which gas storage tanks with particularly low levels can be refilled in good time. As a result, Rehden could also be filled. Gazprom Germania was placed under German trusteeship by the Federal Network Agency in April. In order to be able to fill the storage facility, the storage capacities previously marketed to the Russian company Gazprom Export were terminated.
According to the federal government, Germany has the largest natural gas storage volume in the EU. Last winter, the storage tanks were often not sufficiently filled. In order to ensure higher filling levels for the coming months, the Ministry of Economics presented a gas storage law that came into force on April 30, 2022. The law obliges all operators in Germany to gradually fill their storage tanks. The storage levels must be 80 percent by October 1, 90 percent by November 1, and around 40 percent by February 1, 2023.
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