Gas in Germany

Recoverable reserves68.3Mtoe

Production11.1Mtoe per year

Production ratio6years

Despite the country being one of Europe’s oldest gas producers, Germany’s remaining proved natural gas reserves are still sizeable, and (apart from the Netherlands) they rank as the largest onshore reserves in Western Europe. The principal producing area is in north Germany, between the rivers Weser and Elbe; westward from the Weser in the vicinity of the Netherlands border there is another main producing zone, with more mature fields.

Indigenous production provides roughly 20% of Germany’s gas supplies; the greater part of demand is met by imports from the Russian Federation, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. Germany imports 87.57 bcm natural gas. Due to its central location in Europe, Germany is a major natural gas pipeline transit hub for imports from Russia and the North Sea. The main suppliers of natural gas include E.ON, RWE, Wingas, VNG.

Note

Gas data represents natural gas only, for unconventional gas please refer country notes within the WER 2013 report gas chapter.