Europe’s natural gas occupancy rate in underground storage facilities dropped to 30%, Russia’s energy company Gazprom reported on Friday.
According to the statement based on Gazprom's Gas Infrastructure Europe data, at least 57% more natural gas is needed to refill the facilities compared to last year, as the heating season is not over yet.
In its statement, Gazprom said gas in underground storage facilities is 25.5 billion cubic meters less as of March 25 compared to the same period last year.
Gazprom's natural gas production increased by 7.8% to 89.9 billion cubic meters in the first two months of 2021 compared to the same period last year. Exports also increased by 32.9% to 34.5 billion cubic meters.
Reporting by E. Gurkan Abay in Moscow
Writing by Murat Temizer