Status: 08/16/2022 08:58 AM

Gasverbandandshev Moring says that if Russia does not continue to throttle deliveries, gas throttling in Germany can be avoided. The quantity currently delivered may be sufficient in a mild winter.

The Federal Association of Natural Gas, Oil and Geological Energy (BVEG) does not expect any further Russian restrictions with no gas bottlenecks in the coming winter. According to the Federal Association for Natural Gas, Oil and Geoenergy (BVEG), German gas reserves are sufficient for the upcoming winter. However, a prerequisite for this is the continuation of Russian deliveries.

“If the supply situation, including Russian deliveries, remains as it is, we will be able to fill gas storage tanks as planned under normal weather conditions and implement savings efforts,” BVEG managing director Ludwig Moring told Bild. ” Newspaper.

Save gas as planned

Although Russia is providing much less than before, the amount currently being delivered may still be sufficient in a mild winter, says Moring. However, gas had to be supplied as planned.

A spokesman for the Federal Network Agency told Bild newspaper that German gas supplies could not be guaranteed from storage facilities alone in winter: “In an average winter, one can roughly assume that the quantities from storage facilities will last for about two and a half months.”

The first saving goal has been reached

Despite the fact that Russian deliveries have been sharply reduced for weeks, the first storage target for German gas storage facilities has already been achieved. Filling was at 75.43 percent on Friday morning, according to data from European gas storage operators.

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The federal government had stipulated by regulation that German gas storage facilities must be at least 75 percent full by September 1. On October 1 it should be 85 percent and on November 1 it should be 95 percent. At the current pace, the goals can most likely be achieved.

For more than two weeks, the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1, which is supplied by Russia, has been operating at only 20 percent. Russia’s Gazprom cites technical reasons. The federal government considers this an excuse.

The goal can still be missed in November

This was only a temporary goal: “At its core, it’s about achieving 95 percent on November 1,” said Sebastian Plechke, managing director of the Ines Storage Association.

If in October there are normal temperatures, then the onset of the heating season will have a strong influence on the possibility of gas storage. On particularly cold days, gas extraction can be so high that feeding doesn’t cover demand, says Blechki. It is possible that the goal will be missed in November.