— Natural gas storage
Maintaining security of supply
Etzel natural gas storage facility, Lower Saxony, Germany
AS THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY OF FOSSIL FUELS, NATURAL GAS IS MAKING A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO MAKING GERMANY’S ENERGY TRANSITION BOTH AFFORDABLE AND KIND ON THE ENVIRONMENT – IN PART, BY BEING AVAILABLE TO BALANCE OUT FLUCTUATIONS IN CONSUMPTION AT SHORT NOTICE VIA NATURAL GAS STORAGE FACILITIES.
Natural gas storage facilities are a cornerstone of the security of our future energy supply, and GAZPROM Germania develops and coordinates natural gas storage projects around Europe to ensure that the energy supply meets demand even when the energy generated from renewables – which is highly fluctuative – is not available. GAZPROM Germania holds a share in or is involved in the construction of a total of ten natural gas storage facilities.
For example, Gazprom export is constructing the UGS Katharina natural gas facility in cooperation with Verbundnetz Gas AG (VNG). The facility is to be expanded stage-by-stage until its completion in 2025, and when fully operational will have a total working gas volume of 600 million cubic metres.
The Etzel cavern storage facility was commissioned in May 2013 with partners BP Europe SE and Dong Energy in Etzel, Lower Saxony. The facility boasts high-capacity access to Europe’s major trading hubs. The project’s second stage of construction will be complete in 2018, after which the strategically well-located Etzel facility will offer a working gas volume of around 1 billion cubic metres.
GAZPROM Germania’s subsidiary WINGAS has invested in the Jemgum natural gas storage facility and the Rehden natural gas storage facility, which is Western Europe’s largest pore storage facility with a working gas capacity of over 4.4 billion cubic metres. GAZPROM Germania also has interests in a number of storage projects outside Germany – for example in Serbia, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
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GAZPROM Germania holds a share in or is involved in the construction of a total of ten natural gas storage facilities.