Bavaria: Bavaria's natural gas storage is currently only 31.8 percent full

Munich/Bierwang (dpa/lby) - The five Bavarian natural gas storage facilities are currently not even a third full.

Bavaria: Bavaria's natural gas storage is currently only 31.8 percent full

Munich/Bierwang (dpa/lby) - The five Bavarian natural gas storage facilities are currently not even a third full. On average, the storage facilities in Bierwang (Mühldorf district), Breitbrunn, Inzenham-West, Schmidhausen (all Rosenheim district) and Wolfersberg (Ebersberg district) had a filling level of 31.8 percent, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced on Monday in Munich. The nationwide storage level is higher at an average of 42.8 percent.

"All storage facilities must now be filled in order to ensure a permanent energy supply. We want to become independent of Russian gas," said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) during a visit to the storage facility in Bierwang. He emphasized again that Germany is dependent on interim solutions. "This also includes the continuation of nuclear power in the short term, the expansion of water and wind power. In addition, the south needs its own pipelines from Italy."

Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) emphasized that gas storage facilities like Bierwang are of great importance for the security of supply for the Bavarian economy and private households. The federal government must ensure that the legal requirements are met and that the fill levels increase to 90 percent by November 1st. "In view of the Ukraine crisis and the consequences for our energy security, we can only get through next winter well and safely with full storage facilities." Gas must also be replaced by other energy sources in an unbureaucratic and economically harmless manner.

The Bavarian plants are so-called pore storage systems, which store the gas in porous layers of rock. Due to the geological conditions, the injection and withdrawal capacity of pore storage is lower than that of cavern storage, which means that pore storage can only be filled more slowly.


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