(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 07 – The filling of gas storages in Italy as of May 5 had reached 39% of the capacity compared to an EU average of 34.9%. This is what can be seen from the Aggregated Storage Inventory site. Italy has a storage capacity of approximately 17 billion cubic meters, the second largest country in the EU after Germany. In 2021, without the emergency dictated by the war in Ukraine, the level of storage at the same date was approximately 44%. According to what can be seen from the site, Portugal, Poland, Spain and Denmark are the countries that have a higher filling level but with very low capacities (between half and a third) compared to the Italian ones. The Netherlands is just over 28%. Laggards Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and Croatia which to date fluctuate between just under 21 and just under 16% of capacity. The purchasing process opened in April and Italy expects within 6 months to reach the established storage level equal to 90% of the capacity in the 13 storage sites in our country: 9 are from Snam which is the first operator in the EU , 3 of Edison and one of Ital-gas Storage. The rate of filling varies from day to day: for example – again on 6 May – against 248.5 million cubic meters introduced, 158 have been used and 88.4 have been stored. (HANDLE).