Gazprom Plans Underground Storage Near Berlin
by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)
November 27, 2007
Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said Tuesday it had
bought mining rights north of Berlin that would allow it to build
Europe's biggest natural-gas storage site.
The controversial North European Gas Pipeline (NEGP), to be built
under the Baltic Sea, will supply the gas from Russian gasfields. It
will be injected under pressure into the rock in Germany till it is
Gazprom already indirectly owns other European rock storage sites,
such as that at Rehden, Germany, which stock up in summer, then pump
out the gas again in winter when demand peaks.
Andreas Hieckmann, chief of the project, said in the town of Waren
that German subsidiary Gazprom Germania had acquired rights to use
rock layers at Hinrichshagen and Schweinrich.
One of the 650-metre-deep bodies of rock could hold 5 percent of
Germany's entire annual consumption.
The NEGP, which is opposed by Poland and other nations which will
be sidetracked, is set to be commissioned in 2010. The pipe will
emerge from the sea at Lubmin on the coast north of Berlin.
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