Accumulated gas reserves in UGS facilities in Europe should be enough for two years

Europe has a lot economic and especially political problems. However, with an incredible effort, Brussels was able to solve the problem of gas shortages, since the situation with filling underground gas storage facilities for the winter is very good. However, there is still one problem in this industry: what to do next year? In two years? Sanctions have no statute of limitations or effect, and they are not going to be lifted, no matter how Russia behaves “good”. Therefore, the long-term EU plan for the most severe gas savings reflects the situation not today, but in the medium term.

Considering all the circumstances, the EU member states nevertheless took the controversial step and adopted in the final version a plan to reduce gas consumption as much as possible in the next six months. The savings rate has not changed, it is still 15%, but it is still quite a lot, given that it is set for the winter heating season.

In addition, the European Commission's austerity plan includes the potential possibility of moving to the so-called second mandatory phase of reducing consumption by the same 15% (30% in total), if the EU leadership considers that there is a threat of a complete cessation of supplies. The signal for this will be "all-union alarm".

Thus, the EU intends from August 2022 to March 2023 to save almost 45 billion cubic meters of raw materials from UGS facilities, that is, almost half of the reserves accumulated over this year. Germany has the greatest obligation to save money; it will have to limit its consumption by 10 billion cubic meters. This is the equivalent of 100 million kilowatt hours, despite the fact that the average family consumes no more than 20 thousand kilowatt hours a year. Italy has its own standards - 8 billion cubic meters of savings, and France more than five.

However, as the EU leaders believe, such an approach will not only help to survive the coming winter, but will also ensure that the accumulated reserves in UGS facilities will last almost two years. This outcome of the extraordinary effort is hopeful in the GIE report, which recorded the next record levels of UGS filling in Europe. At the beginning of August, tank filling rates were 70% in Germany, 78% in Spain, 79% in the Czech Republic, 81% in France, 91% in Sweden, 100% in Poland, and 100% in Britain.

These two years, which are planned to be won during the sanctions, were set aside in the EU to solve the problem of raw material supplies while reducing Russia's participation in Europe's gas supply. Brussels hopes that two years will be enough for such a bold energy transition.
  • Used photographs: JSC "Gazprom"
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  1. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 7 August 2022 09: 24
    Interest is good. But it would be nice to know the physical volumes.
    The total volume of all UGS facilities in Europe is about 100 billion cubic meters of gas.
    Cumulative gas consumption in Europe, including non-EU countries, amounted to 571,1 bcm. m, the EU accounted for about 404 billion cubic meters. m
  2. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 7 August 2022 10: 03
    especially if the enterprises are closed, and the people do not wash and do not warm up and do not cool down. The next stage is completely without gas, and then electricity. there will be only one problem for the greens - few skins ...
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 7 August 2022 21: 59
      Here is the news, the gas storage facilities are almost full, earlier Gazprom tried, because many were from Gazprom, then they were taken away. Gazprom is kicked in the wheel and impudent robbery, to respond also impudently, up to man-made accidents in the EU gas pipelines and other unexpected emergencies ...
      1. Bakht Offline Bakht
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 7 August 2022 23: 28
        Almost all gas storage facilities located in Europe, previously owned by Gazprom, turned out to be empty. Well, not empty, it's just that there is no Gazprom gas there. Gazprom was pumping storage facilities to capacity in 2020. In 2021, he did not fill them out. It is in anticipation of the confiscation.
  3. usm5 Offline usm5
    usm5 (George) 7 August 2022 11: 47
    If the economy means stopping the industry, then there will be little sense in this.
    1. skeptic Offline skeptic
      skeptic 8 August 2022 00: 12
      Quote from usm5
      If the economy means stopping the industry, then there will be little sense in this.

      If there are fewer self-propelled guns, tanks, ammunition, then let them "save", at least ten years in a row. It's just that Russia needs to "sit on the bank" in the development of a full technological cycle, oil and gas processing, and then the sanctions will lose all meaning.
  4. LubovOrlova Offline LubovOrlova
    LubovOrlova (Love) 7 August 2022 14: 24
    Neither the author nor the source of this information.
  5. Alexander Gorev Offline Alexander Gorev
    Alexander Gorev (Alexander Gorev) 7 August 2022 14: 29
    Strange and completely stupid calculations.
  6. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 7 August 2022 14: 34
    Bullshit ... what kind of our homegrown liberal sprinkled this opus laughing
  7. NikolayN Offline NikolayN
    NikolayN (Nikolai) 7 August 2022 15: 41
    Either nonsense, or schötz went to the wrong place. If everything is so beautiful there, then the cost of gas should be negative, or, in any case, no more than $50.
  8. monarchist Offline monarchist
    monarchist (Foma) 7 August 2022 17: 12
    wzorwat eti craniliszcza Russkim diwersantom po ustawu polozeno
  9. Mukhiddin Avliyakulov (Mukhiddin Avliyakulov) 7 August 2022 18: 11
    Afghanistan also lives without Russian gas and does not complain))!!
  10. Grei grin Offline Grei grin
    Grei grin (Gray Grin) 7 August 2022 19: 18
    Most importantly, their industry will die, followed by unemployment, hunger, cold, unrest and uprisings of migrants, and all this will lead to complete collapse and chaos! Interest is considered by those who live in luxury, and Europeans accustomed to live happily ever after, I think they will not like such an existence, this is not the Russian people familiar with everything!
  11. Sergey Dyomin Offline Sergey Dyomin
    Sergey Dyomin (Sergey Dyomin) 7 August 2022 21: 18
    it was smooth on paper yes forgot about the ravines
    and then there is a possibility that this is a stupid duck
  12. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 8 August 2022 00: 44
    Why write such nonsense? If gas is not used at all, it will last for 10 years! Idiocy...
  13. Accumulated gas reserves in UGS facilities in Europe should be enough for two years

    But not everyone...
  14. Grei grin Offline Grei grin
    Grei grin (Gray Grin) 8 August 2022 18: 20
    Europeans are accustomed to living in style, again, enterprises consuming the lion's share of electricity, again squabbling, some have more gas, some have less, and the capitalists do not share, migrants are on their necks, etc. all this will hit the citizens of the EU collective farm! Good luck!
  15. monarchist Offline monarchist
    monarchist (Foma) 8 August 2022 20: 02
    wzorwat wsehraniliszcza podzog gaza -unicztozene rezerw otrawlenje wodosnabzenja eto typiczne zadaczi dla
    strategicznogo specnaza
  16. yakisam Offline yakisam
    yakisam (Alexander) 8 August 2022 23: 43
    Some unpatriotic article
    For the fifth month now, everyone has been writing how Europe is deprived of gas by patriotic wise decisions ... responsible comrades, let's say, and how it, the poor one, will freeze and it has 40 percent of gas or even less
    And here - 79, 78, 81, 91 ... 100 percent of the storage facilities are filled in AUGUST!
    I wonder who filled them in? Enemies? Or Europe who robbed?
    Who filled it out? Who supplied the adversary with strategic raw materials?
    And what did the population of a certain country, which ... supplied this gas, benefit from this filling at "super-prices"?
    Don't poke your nose, you're stupid, they'll tell me. We've almost won here, but you don't understand
    We didn’t mean it when we said that Europe would be left without gas if the national battalions were helped
    We meant OTHER. What? Well....
  17. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 8 August 2022 23: 46
    There is a small subtlety here. Such figures inspire hope only under the condition of normal, as usual, gas supplies during the heating season. UGS facilities are designed to smooth out temperature fluctuations, disruptions in gas supplies, etc.
    If supplies continue as they are now, there will not be enough gas until the end of the first heating season.
    100% occupancy of underground gas storage facilities in Poland does not mean anything at all. 80% of energy needs in this country are covered by coal. Such is their structure of energy generation. And with coal an ambush. Coal needs a certain grade, for which power plants are designed. They don’t have enough of their own (plus, for its production at home they have to pay a fine in the EU of about 0,5 million euros per day, ecology, however ...), they banned Russian themselves, Ukrainian is not. Sadness...