Friday, March 31, 2023

Record-breaking reservoirs and gas storage facilities

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Full reservoirs and gas storage – No war-related energy crisis

A side effect of the record-breaking heat this winter: the water levels in the Swiss reservoirs are higher than they have been in the past twenty years. A filling level of 75 percent means an increase of 16.4 percent compared to the long-term average.

The Spitallamm dam on the Grimsel in the Bernese Oberland. (September 2020 recording)

But the gas storage facilities in Germany, France and Italy are also fuller than usual. This is the situation a good ten months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Fears of an impending energy shortage as a result of the war in Europe have thus proven to be unfounded.

The Swiss reservoirs are currently 75 percent full, as the Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) announced on Thursday. That is 16.4 percent more than the average over the past 20 years.

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