Austria to transfer Gazprom’s UGS facilities in Haidach to other suppliers

Austria said that Gazprom “systematically refuses to fill” the country's largest gas storage facility in Haidach. It will be transferred to other energy companies. Gazprom noted that it owns only 11.11% of UGS facilities .jpg” alt=”Austria will transfer Gazprom's UGS facilities in Haidach to other suppliers” />

Austria implements the principle of “use it or lose it” and transfer the underground gas storage (UGS) in Haidach, which Gazprom “systematically refuses to fill,” other energy companies, the government said.

“If gas storage does not occur, then UGS facilities should be transferred to others. It's a critical infrastructure,” — Austrian Energy Minister Leonora Gewessler said.

The decision to provide UGS facilities in Haidach to other suppliers was also confirmed by Chancellor Karl Nehammer. He noted that Austria would also continue to use the vault.

After the statement of the Austrian authorities in “Gazprom” stressed that the controlling stake in UGS facilities is controlled by Germany. As reported in the Telegram channel of Gazprom, the shares in Haidach are distributed as follows:

  • 11.11% belongs to the subsidiary; “Gazprom Export” Centrex Europe Energy & Gas AG;
  • 22.22%— German company SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH (formerly a subsidiary of Gazprom Gazprom Germania GmbH). At the end of March, Gazprom ceased participation in its European “daughter”, the company is under the temporary control of the Federal Network Agency of Germany;
  • 33.33%— WINGAS Holding GmbH (formerly also a “daughter” of “Gazprom”, and is now under the control of SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH, which, in turn, is under the temporary control of the German Federal Grid Agency).

“Thus, the Federal Grid Agency of Germany controls 55.55% of UGS facilities,” — noted in Gazprom.

Another 33.33% is owned by the Austrian company RAG Austria AG. And the store operator— astora GmbH, previously also a subsidiary of Gazprom — also under the control of SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH, Gazprom added.

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About that “Gazprom” may lose UGS facilities in Haidach if it is not used, Nehammer warned at the end of May. According to the chancellor, during a telephone conversation, President Vladimir Putin promised him that Russia would fulfill its gas supply obligations.

The storage facility in Haidach is located near Salzburg. Gazprom Export, the Austrian RAG and Wingas (then it was a joint venture between Gazprom and the German Wintershall; later Wingas became a subsidiary of Gazprom) agreed on its construction in October 2003. The storage facility was opened in 2007.

This is the largest UGS facility in Austria and the second largest in Central Europe. It holds about 2.8 billion cubic meters. m of gas, which corresponds to a third of Austria's annual gas demand.

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