Natural gas already plays a crucial role in current energy supplies, and will be a key source of energy as Germany and the rest of Europe strive to achieve their agreed climate-related goals. In addition to being sustainable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective, natural gas supports a variety of potential applications and is very efficient and convenient to use. Natural gas storage facilities represent part of the foundation that will provide Germany and greater Europe with a secure supply of natural gas now and in the future.
Catherine the Great
UGS Katharina was named in honour of famed Russian empress Catherine the Great, who contributed much to German-Russian relations.
The facility’s natural gas is kept in airtight storage. Should some form of damage nevertheless occur, a subsurface safety valve automatically closes at a depth of 50 metres.
Construction work is only performed during specific environmentally compatible periods (outside of birds’ nesting seasons, for instance). The connection pipeline was also constructed under archaeological supervision.
million cubic metres of natural gas
million cubic metres of natural gas per day
millions of cubic metres of natural gas per day
“Storage facilities are an important part of providing Europe with a secure supply of natural gas. The volume that UGS Katharina will be able to hold upon its completion will be enough to supply around 300,000 households each year.”