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 12, 2009

VNG purchases a section of the Berlin Wall signed by Helmut Kohl, George Bush senior and Mikhail Gorbachev on the occasion of the ZDF TV channel’s “Ein Herz für Kinder” charity gala. This unique specimen is to set out on an educational journey through Germany and Europe called “Mauerfälle” (breaking down walls) as part of the VNG initiative “Verbundnetz für Demokratie und Toleranz” (network for democracy and tolerance). 

July 2009

VNG concludes a long-term delivery agreement with the Luxembourg energy company Enovos. From autumn 2012, VNG will deliver gas to Luxembourg for 15 years.

VNG bundles its gas business in Poland in a new Polish subsidiary called VNG Polska with effect from July 1. 

May 19, 2009

VNG and OOO Gazprom Export set up the Erdgasspeicher Peissen GmbH joint venture. A working gas volume of almost 600 million m³ will be available following a 15-year investment period. The facility is located in a salt cavern formation in Peißen near Bernburg. The new underground storage facility goes by the name of “Katharina”. 

April 2009

VNG becomes a natural gas producer in Norway. The company acquires all the shares in Endeavour Energy Norge AS (EEN) registered in Oslo. 

December 2008

VNG founds its wholly-owned subsidiary VNG Italia S.r.l. registered in Bologna (VNG Italia) at the end of 2008. 

October 1, 2008

VNG opens three new sales offices in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Munich as part of its plans to establish a sales network across Germany. 

VNG Norge Produktion
November 2007

One year after it had been founded VNG Norge acquires the first four production licenses and begins exploring for natural gas in a designated block on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. 

May 2007

Dr. Karsten Heuchert is elected chair of VNG’s supervisory board at the board’s constituent session on 15 May 2007. He has been on the management board of Kasseler Wintershall AG and a member of VNG's supervisory board since 2001. He was previously a member of VNG’s supervisory board from 1994 to 1996.

October 2006

As part of the Petersburg Dialog in Dresden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the St. Petersburg State Mining Institute sign a memorandum to establish a permanent German-Russian raw material forum in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

August 2006

VNG announces the founding of VNG Norge AS at ONS - Offshore Northern Seas, the world’s largest offshore technology trade fair and exhibition. 

ONTRAS Dienstleistungen
January 2006

VNG establishes ONTRAS VNG Gastransport GmbH, or ONTRAS for short, on January 1 in order to comply with stipulations of the Energy Industry Act to fully unbundle gas trading and gas transport activities. 

October 2003

VNG concludes the first delivery agreement with the Italian company HERA S.p.A.; since then, activities in Italy have steadily expanded. 

February 2003

Ruhrgas is taken over by E.ON AG on 1 February 2003. Düsseldorf-based E.ON moves up to become the world’s largest private energy provider. Conditions imposed by the German Economics Ministry require the merger of these two companies to liberate a total of 42.1 % of shares in VNG.

Logo Verbundnetz der Wärme
October 2001

VNG sets up the “Verbundnetz der Wärme” community network. The initiative seeks to heighten the profile and popularity of social commitment in the states in the eastern part of Germany. The initiative’s patron is Regine Hildebrandt.