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.
December 1999

After two and a half years of thorough preparation by all VNG divisions, TÜV Süddeutschland certifies the process-oriented Integrated Quality Management system (IQM). The system’s Quality, Safety and Environmental Management modules give VNG a pioneering role in the energy industry.

June 1999

Its official entry in the companies register (HRB 15861) on 29 June 1999 enables GDM, Gesellschaft für Dokumentationsmanagement und Systemdienstleistungen mbH, to commence business operations. Sigmar Schubert and Ulrich Halfmann are the new company’s managing directors. GDMcom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VNG.

May 1997

The new Gas Control Centre – the heart of the new headquarters occupied in March – commences operations at 18.00 on 9 May, giving VNG one of the most modern dispatching centres in the whole of Europe.

March 1997

The 500 VNG employees at the Leipzig and Böhlitz-Ehrenberg locations move into the new headquarters at Braunstrasse 7 in the Leipzig-Nordost business park in the space of just one weekend. 

October 1996

An impressive ceremony in Leipzig attended by the President of the Bundestag Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth celebrates the beginning of Norwegian natural gas deliveries. 

June 1995

The last town gas flame in eastern Germany is extinguished in Leipzig, heralding the completion of the conversion program in only four and a half years. During this period, VNG alone invested some DM 1.5 billion in converting roughly 6,100 kilometres of high-pressure pipelines to natural gas, building approximately 700 kilometres of pipelines and increasing storage capacity at its underground storage facilities. 

January 1994

VNG signs a 20-year contract with Wintershall Erdgas Handelshaus GmbH (WIEH) of Berlin for Russian natural gas supplies, so ensuring the diversification of gas sourcing for the long term.

September 1992

The VNG network ties in with the West German transmission system at Vitzeroda on the border between Thuringia and Hesse. One-sided dependence on Russian natural gas thus comes to an end. The commencement of deliveries from Ruhrgas AG marks the beginning of gas deliveries from western Europe to eastern Germany. 

June 1992

The two underground storage caverns at Ketzin and Kirchheiligen – the very first town gas storage facilities – are converted to natural gas.

September 1991

The remaining 55 % of VNG shares still held by the Treuhandanstalt [The government agency responsible for privatising the old East German enterprises (VEB’s)] are sold: Shareholders apart from Ruhrgas (35 %) and BEB (10 %) include Wintershall Erdgas GmbH Kassel (15 %), VNG Verbundnetz Gas Verwaltungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH Köln (15%, 14 cities in Eastern Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg, Chemnitz, Cottbus, Dresden, Erfurt, Görlitz, Halle, Jena, Leipzig, Nordhausen, Potsdam, Rostock und Schwerin), ELF Netzgas GmbH Düsseldorf (5%), British Gas Deutschland GmbH (5%), Den norske stats oljeselskap a.s. (STATOIL) Stavanger (5%), Erdöl-Erdgas Gommern Transport GmbH (5%) and Zarubezhgaz-Erdgashandel-Gesellschaft mbH Berlin (5%).

August 16, 1990

In a first step, Treuhandgesellschaft sells 45 % of the shares to Ruhrgas AG Essen (35 percent) and BEB Brigitta Erdgas und Erdöl GmbH Hannover (10 percent). Subscribed capital amounts to DM 540 million. All shares are registered shares. 

June 29, 1990

Two days before German economic and monetary union comes into effect VEB Verbundnetz Gas becomes Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft. Initially, all shares are held by the Treuhandgesellschaft (trust agency) in Berlin. The first – provisional – Executive Board comprises Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Ewald Holst, Lutz Hänsel, Dr.-Ing. Werner Hauenherm, Otto Hülsenbeck and Sigmar Schubert. 

April 1, 1990

VEB Verbundnetz Gas is completely separated from the “Schwarze Pumpe” gas combine, thus securing the independence of VEB Verbundnetz Gas.