EU hits 80% gas storage target early despite Russian cut offs

(EurActiv, 1 Sep 2022) The EU has hit its target to fill gas storage to at least 80% “well ahead” of the November deadline, despite continued disruptions to the gas supply from Russia, EU energy chief Kadri Simson announced on Wednesday (31 August).

The EU set the storage target in May in response to Russian gas cut offs and the ongoing energy crisis. The aim was to reach at least 80% by 1 November 2022 and at least 90% by 1 November in the following few years to ensure there is enough gas to get through the winter.

“Member States and companies have done a great job. Let’s continue filling where the level is still lower and implement the EU demand reduction plan. This will help us get through winter safely,” Simson said Wednesday on Twitter.

Not all EU countries have underground storage. Of those that do, 10 have surpassed the 80% target set for November this year.

Storage in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden is above 80%, although the storage capacity varies dramatically between these countries.

Meanwhile, six countries – Austria, Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia – have met their intermediate target for 1 September and are on their way to reaching the 80% target.

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