Munich (dpa / lby) - The Bavarian Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) does not assume that "the gas will be out by Christmas or on January 1st." Nationwide, the gas storage facilities are 89 percent full - in the storage facilities in Bavaria it is 86 percent, said the minister at a press conference after the cabinet meeting on Monday in Munich.
According to Aiwanger, the Free State is particularly interested in the filling levels of the two Austrian storage facilities, Haidach and 7Fields. Haidach, which is near Salzburg, holds as much gas as all the Bavarian storage facilities put together. Both gas storage facilities should be 80 percent full by November.
Overall, the Economics Minister expects Bavaria to "march" into the winter with 60 terawatt hours (TWh) of gas, with a requirement of 70 to 80 TWh by March 2023. In addition, gas would also be supplied continuously from Norway or Belgium, for example. In the spring, the German gas storage facilities would probably be very empty. "So every unit of energy is also helpful," emphasized Aiwanger, who therefore again called for a general extension of the service life for German nuclear power plants.