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The head of the IEA sees problems with refilling gas storage in 2023

The fill levels of the gas depot should be sufficient for this winter. But what about the following year? According to experts, this also depends on China.

The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) sees possible problems in filling gas storage facilities in Europe before the winter months of next year. “Our estimates tell us that stock levels will drop from 90% to 25% to 20% by February 2023,” IEA chief Fatih Birol told Italian newspaper La Repubblica (Tuesday). The question is how Europe intends to fill the stands by up to 80-90 percent in 2023.

According to the Turkish economist, to fill the shops this year, the lack of energy supplies has helped

Moscow has arrived and China has imported less liquid gas than expected due to its economic development. In the next year, the Chinese economy could pick up steam and Beijing could demand more gas, which would lead to higher prices for Europeans.

According to Birol, he does not expect major power outages or outages for Europe’s energy supply in the upcoming winter, as storage facilities are about 90% full. This is expected to last until February or March, barring “significant disruption in deliveries”. In the event of a serious outage, however, “energy solidarity” between European countries is essential, Birol warns.

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