European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated that the filling rate of the natural gas storages of the member states of the Union has exceeded 90 percent and that this will contribute to the security of energy supply in the winter period.
Von der Leyen shared on her account on the X social media platform, formerly known as Twitter, about the fullness of EU gas storages.
"EU gas storages have reached 90 percent well ahead of schedule," von der Leyen said, adding that the stored gas will contribute to the security of energy supply in the winter period.
Pointing out that they have given up on Russian gas, von der Leyen stated that they continue their efforts to increase the diversity of energy sources.
According to Gas Infrastucture Europe data, as of today, the occupancy rate of natural gas storages in member countries is 90.12 percent.
EU countries, which consume approximately 400 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually in normal periods, have a natural gas storage capacity of 110 billion cubic meters.
Before the Russia-Ukraine War, EU countries imported 40 percent of their natural gas from Russia. With the war, Russian natural gas deliveries to the EU decreased to 8 percent.
With the outbreak of the war, the EU countries had prepared legal regulations that would make it obligatory to fill underground natural gas storages until the winter months.
In this context, it was planned to reach 90 percent fullness in gas storages by November 1 this year. With the latest level reached, the EU achieved its target about 2.5 months ago.