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Refusal of Russian gas: EU storage facilities already 90% full

Friday, 18 August 2023, 12:13
Refusal of Russian gas: EU storage facilities already 90% full
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The gas storages of the European Union are already 90% full, almost three months ahead of schedule, which will allow them to pass the winter without the Russian fuel safely.

Source: European Pravda, citing Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Quote: "This will help us be safe this winter. Together, we are weaning ourselves off Russian gas. And we keep working in parallel on more diverse energy supplies for the future."

Czechia reported that storage facilities were 90% full at the end of July.

EU member states had to fill their storage facilities by 90% by 1 November under new gas storage targets adopted last year.

Last year, the peak filling level of storage facilities reached 95% of their capacity.

Additionally, in 2022, the countries agreed to reduce gas consumption by 15% to get through the winter of 2022-2023. These efforts reduced gas demand by nearly 18%, with half of the savings going to households.

Background: This summer, Germany approved the acceleration of the construction of LNG terminals to compensate for the refusal of gas from the Russian Federation.

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