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Powerful Duo: UGS Bad Lauchstädt

The Bad Lauchstädt Storage Facility is an especially effective combination of several types of storage: the neighboring caverns and depleted reservoirs are both operated using shared aboveground technical systems. The facilities can be used to both cover seasonal fluctuations as well as peaks in consumer demand.

gas cooling system
overview of the surface facilities Bad Lauchstädt
radial compressor in Bad Lauchstädt
controll center in Bad Lauchstädt
Walther Burkhardt
gas control line by night

Overview

Location Saxony-Anhalt
Storage Type combined cavern and depleted gas field storage
Maximum Usable Working Gas Volume 1,085 million m³ (as of: 01.01.2019)
Number of caverns 17
In operation since 1976
Market Area GASPOOL
Grid Operator ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH
Network Connection Point VGS Storage Hub

 

Europe's No. 4: UGS Bernburg

Bernburg is Europe's fourth largest cavern storage facility. In 2011, we installed a new ejector system for the energy efficient injection of natural gas. Now Bernburg is not only our largest, but also our most flexible underground gas storage facility.

piston compressor in Bernburg
gas drying system in Bernburg
absorber in Bernburg
electrical substation in Bernburg
gas drying system in Bernburg
technical employees in Bernburg
compressor building

Overview

Location Saxony-Anhalt
Storage Type Cavernous Storage
Maximum Usable Working Gas Volume 978 million m³ (as of 01.01.2019)
Number of caverns 33
In operation since 1974
Market Area GASPOOL
Grid Operator ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH
Network Connection Point VGS Storage Hub

Almost a Dutchman: UGS Etzel

This ultramodern cavern storage facility went online in 2014. It lies directly on the German-Dutch border and is linked to the most important European gas markets. This allows us to reach customers throughout all of Europe.

Overview

Location Lower Saxony
Storage Type Cavernous Storage
Maximum Usable Working Gas Volume 115 million m³ (as of 01.04.2019 / VNG Gasspeicher share)
Number of caverns 15 (total)
In operation since 2012 - 2014
Market Area NetConnect Germany
GASPOOL
Grid Operator / Network Connection Point Open Grid Europe GmbH / Friedeburg-Etzel, Bitzenlander Weg 3, Speicher
Open Grid Europe GmbH / Etzel ESE GASPOOL
Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH / UGS Etzel-ESE

Up north: UGS Jemgum


VGS has been developing a cavern storage facility in Lower Saxony together with WINGAS since 2009. The expansion of the storage facility is so far advanced that VGS can offer the capacities on the market at short notice. VGS's share of the total marketable working gas volume is approx. 1.6 TWh, or one sixth of the total capacity of the storage facility. As of 01.04.2019 VGS publishes the available capacities per storage year on its website as well as on the AGSI+ platform of GSE. 

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Overview

Location Lower Saxony
Storage Type Cavern Storage
Maximum Usable Working Gas Volume  149 million m³ (as of 01/01/2019)
In operation since 2019
Market Area GASPOOL | TTF
Grid Operator GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, Gas Transport Services B.V. (GTS)