The average filling level of EU gas storage facilities has reached 80%

MOSCOW, August 30 – PRIME. The European Union has reached an average filling level of underground gas storage facilities of 80%, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

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In June, the EU passed a bill requiring community members to fill their storage facilities with “blue fuel” by at least 80% by November 1, 2022, and in subsequent years – by 90%. At the same time, for the current year, states were recommended to strive for 85%.

“We have now reached the EU average storage capacity of 80%,” the politician said at the Baltic Sea Energy Security Summit in Denmark.

Von der Leyen stressed that the European Union intends to further increase the filling level of UGS facilities.

As of August 28, EU storage facilities were 79.94% full on average, according to the Association of Gas Infrastructure Operators of Europe. A year earlier, the indicator was at the level of about 67%, in 2020 and 2019 – around 91%, in 2018 – about 73%, in 2017 – about 76%.

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In total, 18 out of 27 states in the EU have tanks for storing “blue fuel”, but not all of them have reached the target of 80%.