4.4 billion cubic metres now available
6 November 2014 – Rehden / Kassel. Let the winter begin. Western Europe's largest natural gas storage facility at Rehden, Lower Saxony is full now – just in time for the start of the new heating season. Over the past few months, a total of 4.4 billion cubic metres of natural gas has been injected into the storage facility operated by astora GmbH & Co. KG – an amount sufficient to meet the annual demand of over two million family homes.
"This week our customers finished filling the Rehden storage facility as planned," says Andreas Renner, Managing Director of astora. The storage company markets its storage capacities to European energy businesses such as import companies, energy traders or regional suppliers.
The Rehden storage facility accounts for approximately one fifth of Germany’s total storage capacity. The former natural gas reservoir was converted into a storage facility in the early 1990s. The layer of reservoir rock at a depth of 2,000 metres covers an area of around eight square kilometres.
Natural gas storage facilities are a key part of a secure energy supply. The facilities are filled during the summer months in order to compensate for greater energy consumption in winter. The German gas industry operates the biggest storage volume in the European Union – around a quarter of the annual energy consumption can be stored here.
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.