Strategic gas reserves in France are almost full: CRE

PARIS, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- France's strategic gas reserves are now over 99 percent full, the highest level reached in recent years, France's Commission for Energy Regulation (CRE) said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the CRE, the gas volumes represent two-thirds of the winter consumption of small companies and individuals.

The CRE emphasized the efforts made by France to fill its strategic gas reserves amid soaring gas prices.

As well as the reserves, imported Norwegian gas, liquefied natural gas and exchanges with other European countries will meet French gas needs during the winter.

The CRE called on the French to make a collective effort to reduce energy consumption, warning that conditions could be difficult this winter.

France, like many other European countries, is facing an energy crisis this cold season. French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has already announced that rolling blackouts are possible.

On Oct. 6, the French government will announce a series of measures and recommendations to reduce energy consumption for companies and individuals.

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