This means that Europe now has only 4.7% of its gas reserves left for the remainder of the winter season.
The volume of active gas in storage facilities is 21% or 8.3 billion m3 less compared to the same time last year.
In total, 44.8 billion m3 have already been withdrawn from Europe’s UGS this winter.
According to Gazprom, gas reserves in UGS in Ukraine are also at a minimum, having dropped to 10.6 billion m3, which is 45% less than last year.
Also, earlier this week, authorities in Germany, which has one of the largest UGS capacities in Europe, reported a plunge in storage volumes to historically low levels compared to previous years.
The EU, however, this week claimed that its supplies were sufficient to last several more weeks in the event that Russia stops its gas flow to the bloc amid tensions over Ukraine.
Russian gas supplies to European countries had already started to fall in mid-2021, and the decline accelerated at the beginning of 2022.
Gazprom, however, repeatedly insisted that it is still supplying Europe with gas in strict accordance with existing contracts.
Despite this, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Saturday called Gazprom’s supply policy intentionally harmful.
She said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference, as quoted by Anadolu news agency:
- Gazprom is consciously trying to store and deliver as little as possible while prices and demand are skyrocketing
Some 40% of its imports came from Gazprom.