Most recent BDEW figures on the German natural gas import sources 2010:

67 percent of natural gas from West European sources

Norway and the Netherlands delivered 51 percent / Russia one third of natural gas used in Germany

Berlin, 20 Mai 2011 - According to preliminary figures of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) Germany covered two thirds of natural gas demand for households and industry in 2010 from imports from West and North European sources. The share of German gas production in the total natural gas output during the past year amounted to 11 percent (2009: 13 percent). Norwegian natural gas producers contributed again an overall share of 29 percent. The Netherlands' share increased to 22 percent (2009: 20). 32 percent originated from Russian sources (2009: 32). The remaining 5 percent are shared among Denmark, Great Britain and other countries (2009: 6).

"In addition to different gas pipeline grids, easier gas transports throughout Europe and 47 natural gas storage facilities in Germany, the various supply sources and import countries have guaranteed the security of our natural gas supply for decades. This is why we can rely on natural gas as an environmentally friendly energy source available for a long time in view of the forthcoming change in energy supply structures", Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the BDEW General Executive Management Board said today in Berlin.

At the present time, 70 percent of natural gas reserves which can be produced in an economically efficient manner are available in a transport range within Europe that is acceptable in geographic and economic terms. Norway, for instance, will further gain in importance regarding Germany’s natural gas imports. During the next five to ten years, the share of Norwegian natural gas in the German natural gas supply will rise to more than 30 percent.

In future, it is also conceivable for Germany to import natural gas from countries which are not connected with Germany by natural gas pipelines. These imports are made possible by the transport of liquid natural gas (LNG) in special tankers. Possible import countries are e.g. Qatar, Nigeria or Egypt. Already today, LNG has a share of approximately 25 percent in global natural gas trading. Additional LNG quantities are also available to Germany due to its connection to the European natural gas grid system.


Jan Ulland
Pressesprecher / Press Spokesman