Deflagration at the largest German gas storage facility – storage stopped
After a deflagration, the storage of gas in the largest German storage facility in the north-western state of Lower Saxony has been stopped. The authorities did not expect the incident on Tuesday to have any impact on the gas supply in Germany.
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An incident occurred on Tuesday in the Rehden natural gas storage facility in the north-west German state of Lower Saxony.
The storage system had been shut down as a precaution, the German Federal Network Agency announced in the evening. Experts from the operating company and an employee of the supervisory authority – the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) – are on the spot at the plant in Rehden 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: “Where technology is in use, 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 in a storage phase and not in a delivery phase,” said the spokesman. So nobody would wait for a lack of gas.