MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russian energy giant Gazprom has filled European underground storage facilities with 3.8 billion cubic meters of gas, with a total 5 billion planned, the company informed after an examination of energy readiness ahead of the 2014-2015 winter period.
"Gazprom continues the systematic filling of European underground gas storage facilities, which will give the additional guarantee of easy passing through peak times. The company has already filled the European gas storage facilities with over 3.8 billion cubic meters of its gas, the plan amounts to 5 billion. Apart from that, another 1.8 billion cubic meters of the company's [Gazprom's] gas has been pumped into the Inchukalnskoe gas storage facility [Latvia], with 2 billion cubic meters planned," the statement said.
Furthermore, Gazprom is continuing work on the creation of an operating reserve within Russian gas storage facilities with a volume of 71.1 billion cubic meters, which will be 2.1 billion greater than the 2013 volume and will be a record for a Russian gas field.
"Taking into account the gas storage facilities in Belarus, the Gazprom operating reserve will amount to 72.2 billion cubic meters, with a potential maximum daily output during the winter consumption period of 801.4 million cubic meters of gas. Also, in the beginning of 2014 Gazprom Armenia joined Gazprom, which has the Abovyanskoe gas storage facility with the following figures: operating gas reserve of 122 million cubic meters, potential daily output in the beginning of the consumption period - 9 million cubic meters," according to the statement.