17 February 2017

Bernburg Gas Storage Site

Gas Cavern to be Flooded with Saline Solution

In connection with the shutting down and long-term securing of a VNG Gasspeicher GmbH (VGS) gas cavern, K+S KALI GmbH has started to transport saturated saline water from potash production at the Werra plant to Bernburg. The appropriate permit has now been issued by the Saxony-Anhalt State Authority for Geology and Mining.

The capacity of the Gnetsch brine field cavern slated for flooding is about 210,000 cubic meters. One of the advantages of flooding with saline solutions is that there is no need for water to be drawn from the Saale river. In addition, it creates an additional means for the Werra plant to re-utilize saline water from potash production. The flooding of the cavern is to be completed by August 2017.

The saline water will be shipped in tank containers by rail from the Werra plant (Hersfeld-Rotenburg district, Hesse) to the container terminal in Magdeburg. There, the containers will be loaded onto trucks and driven to the Gnetsch brine field at Bernburg, where the saline solutions are to be fed into the existing pipeline system. The shipments will take place on working days and steps will be taken to ensure that they cause as little adverse effects as possible for the population. K+S has informed the municipalities affected about the route to be taken by the truck shipments.

About K+S KALI GmbH

K+S KALI GmbH based in Kassel extracts crude salts containing potassium, magnesium and sulphur from its six mines in Germany. These are used to produce a wide range of fertiliser specialties and preliminary products for many different technical, industrial and pharmaceutical applications. K+S KALI GmbH is one of the world’s leading suppliers of potash and magnesium products. The company employs more than 8,000 people and, like esco – european salt company GmbH & Co. KG, which operates a large salt plant in Bernburg, belongs to the K+S Group.

You can find further information about K+S KALI GmbH on the company website at www.kali-gmbh.com

Werra Plant

The K+S KALI GmbH Verbundwerk Werra, with its locations at Hattorf and Wintershall in Hessen and at Unterbreizbach and Merkers in Thuringia, is the largest K+S KALI GmbH site. The Werra potash plant not only produces fertilizers, but also intermediate products for numerous technical and industrial applications, as well as for use in the pharmaceutical, foodstuff and animal feed industries. The Werra plant currently employs about 4,400 people, of whom 300 are trainees. This makes it an important employer and training enterprise in the Bad Hersfeld, Bad Salzungen and Eisenach triangle. More at:

VNG Gasspeicher GmbH

VNG Gasspeicher GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VNG – Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft (VNG) headquartered in Leipzig. As the third largest storage operator in Germany, the company has a total capacity of about 2.4 billion cubic meters in storage facilities at several locations, especially in eastern Germany. The geographical location and network connections to the underground gas storage facilities provide access to European trading markets. VNG Gasspeicher is synonymous with innovative products and individual combinations of products that are consistently market oriented and characterized by flexibility and reliability. You can find more information at

Ulrich Göbel

Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722

Ulrich Göbel
Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Bertha-von-Suttner Str. 7
34131 Kassel

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722
Fax: +49 561 9301 1666

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