WINGAS opens public information center for the Jemgum natural gas storage facility

New exhibition on the construction and development of the Jemgum gas storage facility / open Wednesdays from 2 - 6 p.m.

Jemgum, 15 June 2011Why does natural gas have to stored? How are the caverns needed for this created in a salt dome at a depth of 1,500 meters? And what role does natural gas play in Germany's energy supply? Natural gas supplier WINGAS now invites the public to find out about the construction, development and the future role of the Jemgum natural gas storage facility with its new public information center on the grounds of the facility in Jemgum. "The exciting part of our activities here takes place underneath the surface," WINGAS Project Manager Arkadius Binia explains. "The new information center allows us to explain to visitors how the storage facility works using vivid illustrations and detailed information." For example, the exhibition shows a drill bit used to reach the salt dome beneath Jemgum, explains the technology used to create the hollow spaces deep under the surface using animations and graphics, and showcases the archeological finds discovered during the construction of the storage facility. The public information center is open every Wednesday from 2 to 6 pm, during which time guided tours are also offered.

WINGAS is currently building the Jemgum storage facility in Jemgum in East Frisia on the German-Dutch border. The company is planning to build up to 18 caverns with a capacity of about 1.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Verbundnetz Gas AG (VNG) from Leipzig owns a sixth of the WINGAS storage facility. "We are continuing to make good progress with the construction of the cavern storage facility. Since construction began in summer 2008, a large section of the construction work has been completed," Binia explained. "In the next few weeks we will start building the gas plant with which natural gas is pumped into the underground caverns and extracted again." The construction of the caverns underground is also progressing well. For example, the first ten wells planned for developing the caverns have now been completed. To create a cavern the salt has to be dissolved and rinsed out of the salt dome. This leaching process lasts around two years. Filling the caverns with gas for the first time takes another year.

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