astora GmbH & Co. KG, based in Kassel, is one of Europe´s largest operators of natural gas storage facilities. When expanding its activities in the European natural gas market, astora strongly focuses on ensuring the security of supply for its customers. The company markets a natural gas storage volume of over 6 billion cubic meters and holds approx. 25 per cent of the total natural gas storage capacities in Germany.
The astora natural gas storage facility at Rehden, south of Bremen, is the largest in Western Europe. More than four billion cubic metres of natural gas can be stored at a depth of 2,000 metres in an area covering around eight square kilometres. This storable quantity of gas is sufficient to supply two million households with natural gas for a whole year.
astora is continuing to invest in the development of storage capacities. In 2007, astora started to operate one of Central Europe's largest natural gas storage facilities at Haidach (Austria) as a joint venture with Rohöl-Aufsuchungs Aktiengesellschaft (RAG) and Gazprom Export. Since commissioning the final expansion phase in May 2011, the storage volume has doubled. One third of the total storage capacities are commercialised by astora.
Currently astora is constructing a cavern storage facility in Jemgum in the German state of Lower Saxony. The Jemgum cavern storage facility will be the ideal complement to astoras existing pore storage facilities and will ensure astoras steady growth towards becoming one of Europe's largest natural gas storage operators.