Plants for compressing natural gas on the site of the Rehden gas storage facility
Photo: Hauke Christian Dittrich / dpa
After a deflagration, no gas can currently be stored in Germany's largest gas storage facility in Rehden, Lower Saxony.
It will probably take until the end of the week for the storage facility to go back into operation, according to the responsible Lower Saxony supervisory authority on Wednesday.
"Investigations into the cause of the deflagration are ongoing," said a spokesman.
However, it is possible to deliver the gas from the underground storage facility in the Diepholz district to the grid at any time.
According to the Federal Network Agency, the memory was 90.29 percent full on Tuesday afternoon.
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The storage had been stopped as a precaution because of the deflagration on Tuesday morning.
The Federal Network Agency did not expect the incident at the plant in the Diepholz district on Tuesday to have any impact on the secure gas supply in Germany, as it announced in the evening.
No environmental impact
The storage facility was shut down as a precaution.
Experts from the operating company and an employee of the supervisory authority - the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) - were already on site on Tuesday to determine the cause of the deflagration.
There is no evidence of external influence, said a LBEG spokesman.
Such an incident does not happen often.
But: »Wherever technology is used, something like this can happen.«
The deflagration happened on a so-called torch.
According to the information, this is a safety device that is used, for example, to reduce pressure.
"It's now like when an emergency exit door no longer opens," said the spokesman.
No one was injured by the deflagration;
no impact on the environment has been identified.
It is not yet possible to say when gas storage will continue.
"Fortunately, the deflagration happened during a storage phase and not a delivery phase," the spokesman said.
So nobody would wait for a lack of gas.