France’s gas stocks are full in anticipation of winter, says Energy Regulatory Commission

The CRE, which made announcements on Wednesday, nonetheless called on the French to make “massive collective efforts to reduce our energy consumption”.

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France filled up. French gas reserves have reached their maximum, the Energy Regulatory Commission announced in a press release on Wednesday, October 5. The storage filling campaign for winter 2022/2023 ends with a storage filling of over 99%”, we can read in the press release. This makes France the third European country, after Belgium and Portugal, to fill its natural gas storage capacities to the maximum.

The 130 TWh of accumulated gas reserves “represent about 2/3 of the winter consumption of SMEs and private individuals” in France, the CRE establishes whoever calls the French “massive collective effort to reduce our energy use”.

“The CRE reminds that depending on the conditions of the winter passage, situations of tension are nevertheless possible”warns the Energy Regulatory Commission despite everything.

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The government’s goal of filling the country’s storage capacities with natural gas by November has thus been achieved, while Russian gas exports to France have completely dried up since September 1st. The executive is also due to present its “energy sobriety plan” on Thursday, which aims to mobilize all sectors of economic and social life to cut France’s energy consumption by 10% in two years and help the country weather a strained winter.

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