Gas reserves last approximately three months if delivery is interrupted – full storage unlikely
The head of the Federal Network Agency, Müller, warns that Germany cannot meet the gas storage requirements. In the event of a complete cessation of gas supply, storage facilities would last for about three months – but only if filling level targets had been roughly reached by then.
sEven if gas storage tanks are 95 percent full by November as planned, this would only cover gas requirements for heating, electricity and industry for about two-and-a-half months in the event of a complete Russian supply shutdown. The head of the Federal Network Agency told Bloomberg News in an interview.
“We are a little faster than we used to fill storage tanks, but this is not a sign that we can relax,” said Klaus Müller on Tuesday. It should be understood more as an incentive. German gas storage facilities are now 77 percent full. This puts the federal network agency two weeks ahead of plans to fill.
Müller stressed the dangers of an unusually cold fall and further supply disruptions. Against this backdrop, it may be difficult to reach the federal government’s October target of 85 percent mobilization levels. The November target of 95 percent filling seems a long way off as some reservoirs need more time to fill up.
“I cannot promise you that all storage facilities in Germany will be 95 percent full in November, even with good supply and demand conditions,” Mueller said. “In the best-case scenario, three-quarters of them will hit the target.”
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