Germany relies on its large gas storage facilities to get through the winter. The Federal Network Agency is now recording a downward trend for the first time in a long time.
On average, slightly more gas is currently being withdrawn from German gas storage facilities than is being stored. “For the first time we are seeing a slight withdrawal” from the German gas storage facilities, wrote the President of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, on Twitter on Saturday. The filling level of all German gas storage facilities together fell by 0.03 percent to 99.26 on Thursday. The filling levels are always communicated with a delay.
“We have stored a lot of gas, but winter can last a long time,” Müller wrote. In order to avoid a gas shortage, Germany must save gas, build liquid gas terminals and secure the infrastructure. In another tweet, Müller noted that the minus 0.03 percent was a net value. Individual gas storage tanks continued to store gas, while others released gas, he explained.