WINGAS was founded in the 1990s by the BASF subsidiary Wintershall and Russia’s Gazprom. Since then, we have played a vital role in creating a competitive market for natural gas in Germany.
1990 In the beginning
In September Wintershall and Gazprom/ Zarubezhgaz agree to work together. Wintershall Erdgas Handelshaus GmbH Berlin is founded in November as a joint venture of Wintershall and Gazprom.
1993 The founding of WINGAS
The STEGAL pipeline measuring 313 kilometers and the MIDAL pipeline measuring 613 kilometers are commissioned. The natural gas storage facility in Rehden begins operations in August.
WINGAS is founded as a joint venture of Wintershall (65%) and Gazprom (35%).
1998 WINGAS takes Natural Gas to the UK
The WEDAL pipeline measuring 237 kilometers is completed in October. The WINGAS network is connected with the UK for the first time via Belgium.
1999 Europe’s Largest Storage Facility
The Rehden natural gas storage facility is expanded and upon completion in November becomes the largest storage facility in Western Europe with a working gas volume of 4.2 billion cubic meters.
The JAGAL pipeline stretching over 340 kilometers is also commissioned.
2003 Natural Gas for Belgium
WINGAS expands into neighboring countries in Europe and delivers customers in Belgium with natural gas for the first time in August.
In December a joint venture is founded in the UK to market natural gas.
2004 WINGAS says hello to France and Austria
WINGAS enters the Austrian and French markets.
In December WINGAS acquires the onshore natural gas reservoir in Saltfleetby (UK) to convert it into an underground storage facility.
2005 Construction of the Haidach Storage Facility
Work on the natural gas storage facility in Haidach in Austria begins. Western Europe’s second largest gas storage facility will be completed here by 2011.
WINGAS successfully enters the natural gas market in the Czech Republic.
2006 WINGAS takes to the road
WINGAS Transport GmbH & Co. KG, based in Kassel, is founded.
The pipelines STEGAL and WEDAL are expanded and their capacities increased by around 50% and 30%.
2007 WINGAS continues to grow in Europe
WINGAS opens its first branch office abroad in Moscow. It also acquires all the shares in the UK joint venture: WINGAS UK is born.
The shareholder structure of WINGAS also changes: Gazprom now holds a 49.98 % share and Wintershall Holding 50.02%.
The marketing of fiber-optic capacities in Germany progresses with the network expansion.
2010 Happy birthday! 20 years of BASF and Gazprom
BASF and GAZPROM celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their successful collaboration with a ceremony in Berlin.
WINGAS Transport becomes owner of the WINGAS pipeline network, which is now 2,000 kilometers long.
2011 Commissioning of the Nord Stream Pipeline Nord Stream
The Nord Stream pipeline is commissioned in November. It has a transport capacity of up to 55 billion cubic meters a year.
In the same year OPAL, Western Europe’s largest transport pipeline, is completed and connected to Nord Stream.
WINGAS opens an office in Rijkswijk in the Netherlands. The natural gas storage facility in Haidach is expanded to a working gas volume of 2.6 billion cubic meters.
2012 New Structure
WINGAS Transport becomes GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, an independent gas transporter operating under its own brand.
The storage activities are transferred collectively to the newly founded subsidiary astora GmbH & Co. KG.
Natural gas trading is transferred to WINGAS GmbH.
2013 Commissioning of the astora natural gas storage facility in Jemgum
A natural gas storage facility is commissioned in Jemgum in September 2013.
Up to ten caverns with a capacity of one billion cubic meters are planned for construction by 2018. About 500,000 households can be supplied with natural gas for a whole year with this amount.
2014 New headquartes
The topping out ceremony for the new WINGAS Headquarters is celebrated in November. The modern building in the heart of Kassel provides new office space for the company’s employees in Germany, who now number almost 400.
2015 A strong partner
Gazprom takes over all Wintershall’s shares and WINGAS becomes a wholly owned Gazprom subsidiary. In addition, the company moves to its new headquarters in the center of Kassel.