Press releases

Berlin, 23. March 2016

INES submits study covering the creation and related costs of a control reserve by Market Area Managers (MAMs)

The Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi) recommends implementing a control reserve in their "Maßnahmen zur weiteren Steigerung der Erdgasversorgungssicherheit,"a list of key principles for measures to retain the high level of gas supply security. This would involve Market Area Managers and, for example, storage facilities. The study presented by nymoen|strategieberatung shows that a control reserve in Germany effectively fulfills the European Regulation to safeguard natural gas supply and households using gas would only have to pay one euro more annually.

Within the debate concerning policies to strengthen the supply of natural gas in Germany, the Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V. (INES) recommends that MAMs institute a long term supply for protected customers and has developed a corresponding model in line with the European supply standard. INES suggests introducing a modification in Article 53a of the German Energy Industry Act, making the supply of natural gas for protected customers mandatory, essentially guaranteeing a secure supply of heating to private households. With the appropriate preparation of long term control reserve products, the storage of natural gas can consistently and effectively represent the type of reserve suggested by BMWi key principles (MOL 4).

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Berlin, 18. March 2016

Sebastian Bleschke to reinforce INES management

  • General Assembly of the association of German natural gas storage facility operators appoints managing director
  • INES announces new premises in Berlin

The Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V. (INES) expands management team: Sebastian Bleschke will become managing director of the industry association on April 1, adding his support to managing directors Dr. Ulrich Duda (Uniper Energy Storage GmbH) and Dr. Andreas Kost (Storengy Deutschland GmbH).

The 31-year-old business administration graduate is currently senior consultant for nymoen strategieberatung gmbh in Berlin. He was previously from 2012 to 2015 department head of the BDEW German Association of Energy and Water Industries where, along with EUROGAS, he represented national and European gas industry interests on the national and European stage. Mr. Bleschke will be the first point of contact for the political and business communities, primarily in Germany's capital, concerning the operation of natural gas storage.

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Berlin, 17. Dezember 2015

INES recommends duty to take precautions for better protection of residential customers

Initiative Erdgasspeicher e. V. (INES) welcomes the fact that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has included measures to ensure secure natural gas supplies in its policy paper and intends to implement these measures in order to safeguard the security of natural gas supplies in Germany in the future. However, INES considers the measures proposed by BMWi to be inadequate. “Gas volumes in storage have repeatedly fallen below the target levels for the end of the winter stated in the BMWi gas storage study in the past. There is therefore a need for action,” said Andreas Kost, Managing Director of INES.

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Berlin, 03. August 2015

Natural gas storage initiative calls for action to improve security of natural gas supplies

  • Inadequately filled storage facilities jeopardise security of supplies
  • Lack of economic incentives for natural gas storage needs to be corrected and supplemented by the introduction of mandatory minimum filling levels in storage facilities and changes to the regulatory framework

In a position paper submitted to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V. (INES - the association of German natural gas storage facility operators) has warned against inadequate measures to ensure the storage of natural gas in Germany. INES criticises the results of a storage study commissioned by the Ministry in response to an initiative adopted by the state of Bavaria in the Bundesrat. INES shares the opinion stated by the authors of the study that the high level of security of supplies in Germany is crucially dependent on adequately filled natural gas storage facilities. However, INES finds it difficult to understand the opinion, also expressed in the report, that adequate storage volumes can be ensured by economic incentives alone with some purely supporting measures.

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Berlin, 26 June 2014

Initiative Erdgasspeicher publishes position paper on security of supplies

  • Market-based use of storage facilities needs to be strengthened
  • Obligation to store gas quantities may also improve security of supplies.

Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V. (INES) has today published a position paper with reference to the current debate on the development of a strategic natural gas reserve and the role of natural gas in German energy supplies. In this document, INES calls for the correction of inappropriate incentives for the market-based use of natural gas storage facilities as well as supplementary measures to ensure the storage of adequate gas quantities.

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Berlin, 8 May 2014

Initiative Erdgasspeicher wins three new members

  • EWE Gasspeicher, astora and RWE Gasspeicher become members of INES
  • Member companies now represent 90 percent of the natural gas storage market

Three new members have joined Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V. (INES), the association of gas storage facility operators: astora GmbH & Co. KG, Kassel, and RWE Gasspeicher GmbH, Dortmund, have been members since 1 May 2014, while EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, with headquarters in Oldenburg, already joined the Association on 1 April 2014. Underground storage facilities operated by member companies of INES now account for 90 percent of natural gas storage capacity in Germany.

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Berlin, 10 February 2014

Natural gas storage facilities are a key factor in security of supplies

  • Natural gas storage companies found Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V. (INES)
  • Significance of natural gas storage facilities to be stressed in the shaping of market roles and regulations

Major natural gas storage facility operators active in Germany have joined forces to form an association, “Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V.", or “INES”, with headquarters in Berlin. The objective of the initiative is especially to enhance public awareness of the importance of natural gas storage facilities in connection with the energy transition. In addition, INES is committed to promoting safe, efficient and economical supplies of natural gas.

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