Haidach gas storage

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Haidach gas storage is an underground natural gas storage in the town of Haidach near Salzburg, Austria. It is the second largest gas storage facility in Central Europe.[1]

History[edit]

In 1997, Rohöl-Aufsuchungs Aktiengesellschaft (RAG) discovered the Haidach gas reservoir holding a total gas in place of 4.3 billion cubic meters (bcm).[2] After depletion of the reservoir, it was planned to convert into a gas storage. The contract for use of the Haidach reservoir as a storage for natural gas was signed between RAG, Wingas and Gazprom Export on 13 May 2005.[3] Construction works started in 2005.[2] The gas storage started officially operating on 24 May 2007.[1]

Technical features[edit]

Haidach underground gas storage uses depleted Haidach porous sandstone gas reservoir at a depth of 1,600 metres (5,200 ft).[2] The operating capacity of the gas storage in the first phase is 1.2 bcm. In April 2011, after completing the second phase, the operating capacity would be doubled.[1] The gas storage is connected to the Austrian and German gas grids at Burghausen/Überackern through the 39 kilometres (24 mi) long Austria-Bavaria gas pipeline (ABG).[2]

The construction of the first stage cost €250 millions.[1]

Ownership[edit]

Haidach gas storage is a joint project of RAG, Wingas and Gazprom Export. It is operated by Austrian energy company EVN.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Haidach gas storage facility opens in Austria". Reuters. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Rohöl-Aufsuchungs AG (RAG), WINGAS GmbH and OOO GAZPROM EXPORT open Haidach underground gas storage" (Press release). Wingas. 2007-05-24. Archived from the original on 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Haidach Underground Gas Storage Facility Visit". Gas Transport & Storage Summit 2009. Archived from the original on 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-12-07.