60 years of experience in the energy industry

VNG, which has always seen itself as part of an internationally oriented gas and energy industry, has its roots in eastern Germany stretching back more than 60 years. In 1958 “Technische Leitung Ferngas” was established as a division of the electricity supplier VEB Verbundnetz West, Dessau. The present-day company came into being with the change of political order in 1989: Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft was founded in Leipzig on June 29, 1990, two days before German economic and monetary union came into effect. VNG was the first fully-privatised company in eastern Germany.
January 20, 1986

The Yamburg agreement is signed: this agreement concerns cooperation to develop the Yamburg natural gas reservoir, the construction of the transmission pipeline from Yamburg to the Western border of the USSR and other structures relating to the USSR gas industry as well as associated deliveries of natural gas from the USSR to the GDR. 


“Urengoi agreement” – under this natural gas delivery agreement between the governments of the USSR and the GDR, the USSR gives a commitment for the reliable and long-term delivery of an annual 0.7 billion cubic metres. In return, the German signatory undertakes to lay natural gas pipelines, build compressor stations and provide equipment in USSR territory. 


To ensure the security of supply three underground storage facilities – Bernburg Bernburg (1974), Buchholz (1976) and Bad Lauchstädt (1976) – with a total capacity of 1,490 million cubic metres are integrated in the IEG system. 

May 1, 1973

The GDR receives its first Russian natural gas. Imports rise from 2.7 billion cubic metres per year (1974) to 6.5 billion cubic metres per year (1989). The gas is taken by VEB Verbundnetz Gas at Uzgorod/ Velke Kapusany on the Ukraine/Slovakian border. The gas is transported through former Czechoslovakia to Sayda under long-term transit agreements; at Sayda it is compressed and fed into the Import-Erdgas-(IEG)-System (pipeline system). 


“Schwarze Pumpe” gas combine set up with responsibility for VEB Verbundnetz Gas.