Cavern Operation / Liquid Gas Storage
The favourable preconditions of the salt deposit in Bernburg have also been used to gain saturated brine in the brine field "Gnetsch" since 1965. The caverns created during this process, which are uniformly shaped and stable cavities at depths of several hundred meters, offer ideal conditions for the secure storage of natural gas and liquefied gas.
The underground storage established in 1974 is today operated by VNG - Verbundnetz Gas AG and, after several expansion stages, has presently a storage capacity of 1.0 billion standard cubic meters of natural gas.
The salt plant itself has erected a liquid gas storage with associated handling facility in two caverns. With its capacity of 80,000 tons, it is one of the largest of its kind and can supply a further regional catchment area.