Germany’s Natural Gas Storage Will Last For Two And A Half Months

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Germany has said that gas storage sites in the country, which are now nearly 90% full, will be empty after the winter.

The country’s economy minister, Robert Habeck said yesterday that gas storage capacity in Germany is almost 90% full, although the country no longer purchases gas at any price.

According to data from Gas Infrastructure Europe, as at September 18, gas storage sites in Germany were nearly 90% full, higher than the EU average of 85.6% full storage.

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The data said EU has achieved its 80% gas storage use target two months ahead of November 1, but gas in storage covers only 20%-25% of annual consumption in the bloc, Fitch Ratings said last week as it raised its European TTF and U.S. Henry Hub gas assumptions in the short and medium term.

In Germany, despite faster storage builds than usual, Europe’s biggest economy will only have enough natural gas to cover two and a half months of consumption this winter if Russia completely suspends deliveries, Klaus Müller, the president of Germany’s Federal Network Agency, Bundesnetzagentur, said in the middle of August.

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Two weeks later, Russia shut down Nord Stream, the main gas to Germany, saying it wouldn’t reopen until Western sanctions impeding gas turbine repairs in the West are not lifted.

Last week, Müller said that Germany could see severe nationwide gas shortages, which it would not be able to predict more than two weeks in advance.

“If we get a very cold winter, we have a problem,” Müller said in an with German business daily Handelsblatt.

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Due to the weather forecasts, Germany will not be able to predict gas demand more than two weeks in advance, he added.  

In its monthly report released yesterday, Bundesbank, the central bank of Germany, said, signs are mounting that the German economy is slipping into recession, which will deepen as we head into the winter months amid the ongoing energy crisis.

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