Greater supply security for South Germany

Haidach natural gas storage facility fitted with further connection to pipeline network

Kassel. Enhancing supply in Germany: ten years after it was commissioned, the Haidach natural gas storage facility in Austria will be more closely integrated into the German energy market in future thanks to another connection line. The newly planned pipeline in the Burghausen/Überackern region will connect the storage facility with the German pipeline network via the MONACO natural gas pipeline. The additional transmission capacities for depositing and withdrawing natural gas in the Haidach facility will be available from the beginning of 2020. The shareholders of the Haidach storage facility, one of the largest in Central Europe, are investing some seven million euros overall.

“Since the capacities of the transport network that is already connected are at full capacity utilization, the additional connection line is an important investment in a needs-based natural gas supply in South Germany,” explains Andreas Renner, Managing Director of astora GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary of the WINGAS Group. At times the storage facility north of Salzburg can only inject and withdraw limited volumes of natural gas, owing to transport interruptions in the south German pipeline network. But with the new connection line, which includes a delivery station, fixed temperature-sensitive capacities will be available in future.

Storage customers in Haidach will then be able to use 100% of the transport capacities to feed gas back into the transportation network during winter temperatures of zero degrees Celsius or colder. At a temperature range of between 0 and 8 degrees, 57 percent of the requested transport capacities will be firmly available. In summer, at temperatures from 16 degrees, storage customers will be guaranteed 100 percent of transport capacities for injection. Between 10 and 16 degrees, a fixed 22 percent of the requested transport capacities can be used. “The performance of the Haidach storage facility can be significantly improved with the new, second connection line,” Renner underlines.

The Haidach storage facility, around 30 kilometers north-east of Salzburg, is a joint venture of RAG, GAZPROM and WINGAS. It was commissioned in 2007. astora markets around 930 million cubic meters of natural gas from the Haidach storage facility.

astora GmbH & Co. KG, based in Kassel, Germany, is one of the largest natural gas storage operators in Europe. The company maintains one of the largest natural gas storage facilities in Western Europe at Rehden in Northern Germany, which has a working gas volume of more than four billion cubic metres. In addition, the storage company also holds capacities in the second largest storage facility in Central Europe, located in Haidach, Austria. In order to secure natural gas supplies to Europe, the company is currently developing the Jemgum natural gas storage facility on the German-Dutch border.

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