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 2019

The Arca Capital Finance Group acquired VNG Slovakia, spol. s r.o. with headquarters in the Slovak capital Bratislava. The investment group, which is active mainly in the field of venture capital in Central and Eastern Europe, acquired all the shares in the former subsidiary of VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH. With immediate effect, the name of the company was changed to ACS plyn s.r.o.

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November 2019

BALANCE Erneuerbare Energien GmbH acquired the biogas portfolio of Nordstrom AG, including a total of 10 biogas plants at eight locations in Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. With the new biogas plant portfolio, BALANCE increased its capacity by about one third and consistently pursued its growth strategy in the field of green gases.

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September 2019

VNG received an award in the “Leadership & Culture” category of the HR Energy Award 2019 in Darmstadt. The specialist jury selected the entry “On a digital tour with the VNG leadership compass” as the best in its category.

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July 2019

The first private venture capital fund (VC fund) in the eastern states of Germany was launched. The main focus of the new fund is the innovative growth topic of smart infrastructure. The fund invests mainly in start-ups with scalable business models in the fields of Smart city, energy and E-health. Together with SAB, VNG AG is an anchor investor in the VC fund.

June 2019

VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH added further natural gas quantities to its purchase portfolio and concluded a gas purchase contract with Gazprom Export. The contract, which is to enter into force on January 1, 2021, covers a fixed delivery quantity of 3.5 billion cubic metres per year.

Andreas Franke und Benedict Rehbein (Agentur pioneer) erhalten den Energieeffizienz-Preis von dena-Geschäftsführer Andreas Kuhlmann
January 2019

VNG ViertelEnergie GmbH won the energy efficiency award announced by the Federal Ministries of the Environment and Construction. Within the framework of an idea competition for climate-friendly buildings, the concept “Green districts, happy inhabitants” convinced the jury. The main focus of the idea is on reinforcing climate protection by refurbishing buildings for greater energy efficiency and growing plants on buildings.

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December 2018

BALANCE Erneuerbare Energien GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of VNG Group company BALANCE VNG Bioenergie GmbH, acquired the German biogas plant portfolio of Enovos Luxembourg S.A. including five biogas plants at locations in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony.

Team Akvola
October 2018

Together with other investors, VNG Innovation GmbH stepped up its stake in the Berlin start-up akvola. The company had developed a process for the energy-efficient, cost-effective treatment of polluted wastewater for use especially in the oil and gas industry.

September 2018

after obtaining the approval of the Norwegian and Danish authorities, VNG AG transferred all the shares in VNG Norge AS to Neptune Energy Norge AS.

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September 2018

On the occasion of VNG’s 60th anniversary, a new brand presentation was launched on September 20, 2018 in connection with the renaming of the company "VNG – Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft" as "VNG AG". The two brands “Verbundnetz Gas AG” and “VNG Group” were combined to form a new umbrella brand “VNG”, which stands both for VNG AG as the parent company and for the entire VNG Group.

Dr. Marco Schossig, Benjamin Buchbach und Tobias Ott von der Infrasolid GmbH und Andreas Franke, Geschäftsführer der VNG Innovation GmbH freuen sich über neue Partnerschaft. (v.l.n.r.) / © VNG / Jeibmann Photographik / T. Pross.
September 2018

Together with Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen Plus GmbH & Co. KG, VNG Innovation GmbH invested in Infrasolid GmbH, a Dresden start-up producing and marketing high-temperature infrared radiation sources for use in gas detection and analysis systems.

June 2018

With retroactive effect from January 1, 2018, VNG AG signed in Oslo an agreement to transfer all its shares in VNG Norge AS to Neptune Energy Norge AS. The transaction was to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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April 2018

In response to regulatory requirements, the Trading & Sales division was spun off. The independent company started operations on April 3, 2018. VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH became responsible for the wholesale business of the VNG Group in Germany and other countries.

December 2017

At the December meeting of the VNG Supervisory Board, a final investment decision for “Fenja” was taken. This decision was then submitted to the competent Norwegian authorities for approval.

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July 2017

A company for local energy solutions was established in July 2017. The objective of VNG ViertelEnergie GmbH, established in cooperation with Tilia GmbH of Leipzig, is to provide support to local authorities for implementing holistic local development solutions focusing on central Germany.

May 2017

The underground storage facility “Katharina“ in Peißen near the town of Bernburg (Salzland district) in Saxony-Anhalt was officially inaugurated on May 23, 2017. The storage capacity of the facility is adequate to supply gas to 300,000 households for a year.

May 2017

VNG adopted its new group strategy “VNG 2030+“ with the objective of shaping a green, digital, gas-based future.

December 2016

Oil and natural gas production from the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea started in December 2016. VNG-Norge held a share of 3 % in the field.

October 2016

VNG Innovation GmbH became a co-investor in Eigenheim Manager GmbH, a Leipzig start-up which had developed an app to record, link and digitally visualise costs, dates and documents connected with all contracts for homeowners.

December 2016

VNG Innovation GmbH started to provide financial support and entrepreneurial know-how for the start-up Cloud & Heat Technologies GmbH. At its Dresden location, the company develops individual computer centre solutions and cloud infrastructures. The waste heat of the servers is used to heat buildings and to produce hot water.

September 2016

MGMTree GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of VNG AG – was established. The company is the VNG Group’s consultancy company for business process and innovation management.

August 2016

VNG Innovation GmbH started to provide support for Akvola Technologies in August 2016. This is a hydrogen technology company offering cost-effective and environmentally compatible solutions based on akvoFloat – a proprietary flotation-filtration process.

August 2016

Two new parallel natural gas pipelines in the Lausitz region with a length of 35 km each were completed following 11 months of construction. The two pipelines are used for ensuring sustainable natural gas supplies in the region of Freiberg, Dresden, Bautzen, Zittau and Görlitz as well as neighbouring regions in Poland.

April 2016

On April 20, 2016, the energy companies EWE AG (Oldenburg) and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (Karlsruhe) as well as Ems-Weser-Elbe Versorgungs- und Entsorgungsverband (Oldenburg) completed a fundamental restructuring of their shareholdings. Following the restructuring, EnBW held 74.2 percent of the shares in VNG – Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft.

February 2016

VNG Gasspeicher GmbH (VGS) launched its new website on February 1, 2016. The new easystore online platform was directly integrated in the website to provide customers with better access to the individual adaptation of the products required. At the same time, VGS introduced a new day-ahead product allowing customers to optimise their existing contracts on a short-term basis.

January 2016

With effect from January 5, 2016, goldgas SL GmbH was renamed goldgas GmbH. On January 26, 2016, goldgas GmbH acquired all the shares in Gazprom Marketing & Trading Retail Germany GmbH, Walluf. This acquisition added about 60,000 power customers to the goldgas portfolio.

January 2016

HANDEN Sp. z. o.o. (HANDEN) and VNG Polska Sp. z. o.o. merged on January 4, 2016. Following the merger, the new company started to trade as HANDEN, holding responsibility for energy trading in Poland and providing an interface to neighbouring markets.

December 2015

As of the end of 2015, VNG Norge AS held shares in 42 production licences (including six as operator) on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Exploration wells drilled in 2015 were extremely successful. The well drilled in the Pil prospect, a plateau in License PL 586, found large reserves of oil. The find was one of the largest in Norway in 2015. A few months later, a second well, in the Bue prospect, also struck oil.

November 2015

Sayda compressor station celebrated its 40th anniversary on November 24, 2015. The compressor station is a key interface for secure gas supplies to several European countries.

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November 2015

On November 10, 2015, the Supervisory Board elected Ulf Heitmüller as its Chairman.

October 2015

VNG Gasspeicher GmbH was recertified in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. For the Katharina underground storage facility of Erdgasspeicher Peissen GmbH, comprehensive work for the commissioning of above-ground facilities and the auditing of the documentation required was completed. In addition, the storage connection line from gas pipeline 910 to JAGAL was completed to schedule by the end of November 2015.

September 2015

VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG was one of the first companies in the energy sector to complete the certification of its information security system in accordance with the new standard ISO/IEC 27001:2013. During a special audit, VNG was able to demonstrate to the certification body TÜV NORD CERT GmbH that it had completed the adaptations required for compliance with the new standard.

The first soccer tournament for the VNG AG ERDGAS Pokal was held on September 19, 2015. 20 teams from customers and partners of AG as well as other companies from the region put their skills to the test in a fair and sporting competition.

July 2015

The energy company EWE of Oldenburg acquired the shares previously held by GAZPROM Germania GmbH, bringing its total stake in VNG – Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft to 74.21%.

June 2015

VNG Innovation GmbH was established to make use of the long-standing experience and resources of the VNG Group with a view to creating a platform for innovative ideas and value addition. The main focus was on cooperation partners with expertise in the energy industry.

From June 23, 2015 onwards, VNG Norge continued its exploration activities in the Boomerang prospect. Several exploration wells were drilled in production license PL 586 using the “Transocean Arctic”. A significant find on PL 586 had already been made in 2014 with the Pil & Bue fields.

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April 2015

The city of Nordhausen sold its shares in VNG AG (total volume: 0.49 %) to the cities of Leipzig und Wittenberg.  Following the transaction, VNG Verbundnetz Gas Verwaltungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH was the trustee for nine municipal utilities and companies with a total stake of 25.79 % in VNG – Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft.

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February 2015

VNG Norge was honoured with the Gullkronen Award as “Explorer of the Year” on 4 February 2015 in Oslo.

With immediate effect our customers and trading partners can now visit a new homepage at www.vng.de where they will find our centrally integrated VNG Business Portal providing essential online access to information about our products and services.

VNG AG signed a new syndicated loan worth 1.3 billion Euro with the support of 14 banks. The parties agree a term of 5 years for the new loan.

January 30, 2015

Certification of the Integrated Management System of VNG Gasspeicher GmbH (VGS) by TÜV Süd Management Service GmbH (TÜV Süd) is official confirmation of the high quality achieved by VGS in its operating procedures, in the efficiency of its Integrated Management System and in its improvement processes.

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January 1, 2015

ONTRAS sets up INFRACON Infrastruktur Service GmbH & Co. KG (INFRACON) in response to the growing importance of and demand for network-related, unregulated services business.

November 2014

The transfer of shares in Wintershall Holding GmbH to EWE AG was completed in the share register of VNG AG on 4 November 2014 – EWE now holds 63.69% of the shares.

October 30, 2014

A new CNG filling station opened on Leipzig's Torgauer Strasse. This new facility takes the number of natural gas filling pumps in Leipzig up to seven. VNG-Erdgastankstellen GmbH now operates a total of ten CNG filling stations in Eastern Germany.

October 2014

On 8 October 2014, VNG commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution at its Leipzig headquarters. Special guests at the ceremony included the two former US Secretaries of State James Baker and Henry Kissinger, Matthias Platzeck, Prof. Dr. Horst Teltschik, Burkhard Jung, Leslie Mandoki and the conductor Kurt Masur.

As part of the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution, VNG’s unique ‘signature segment’ of the Berlin wall was presented to the American people in Washington as a symbol not just of the struggle for freedom and unity but also of our good transatlantic relations. This initiative is supported by the Germany Embassy and the Atlantic Council.

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June 2014

Dr. Heiko Sanders, Member of the Board of Management of EWE AG, is elected as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VNG AG on June 11, 2014.

On June 19, 2014, VNG Norge intensifies its activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf by acquiring a stake of 7.56 percent in the producing Draugen field.

March 2014

From March 12, 2014, G.EN. Gaz Energia Sp. z o.o. receives all its gas from HANDEN Sp. z o.o. For the first time, Group companies supply all the gas required by the VNG Group in Poland.

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January 2014

Within the framework of the APA 2013 government licensing round, VNG Norge was offered another six production licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

From January 17, 2014, VNG Norge performs the role of operator for an exploration well on the Pil prospect in the southern Halten Province.

May 2013

On May 23, 2013, Sven Erik Svedman, Norway’s ambassador to Germany, presented Dr. Karsten Heuchert with his official Norwegian accreditation and turned Norway’s Royal Honorary Consulate over to him. Dr. Heuchert succeeded Professor Klaus-Ewald Holst, who retired after 15 years in the office. 

February 2013

On February 7, 2013, VNG Gastransport received the Federal Network Agency’s decision on certification pursuant to Sec. 4a of the Energy Industry Act: ONTRAS now holds its certification as an independent transmission system operator.

Production from the Hyme field, in which VNG Norge holds a 2.5% stake, started on February 25.

On March 28, 2013, the anti-trust authorities approved VNG’s acquisition of the goldgas Group. With this transaction, VNG has rounded off its core business along the value added chain.

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January 2013

On January 11, 2013, VNG AG concludes its first syndicated loan agreement with a consortium comprised of twelve lending banks for a total amount of €1.01 billion and a term of 39 months.

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March 2012

Since 1 March, ONTRAS - VNG Gastransport GmbH has been an independent TSO to comply with the requirements of the German Energy Industry Law (EnWG). The de-merger of the Transport Division was completed to schedule.

The Storage Division was also spun-off according to plan, with ownership of the gas storage facilities passing to the independent subsidiary VNG Gasspeicher GmbH with effect from 2 January.

September 2011

Commercial and industrial customers located in North Rhine-Westphalia with annual demand of 1.5 to 15 million kilowatt hours (kWh) can purchase natural gas from VNG online via the new VNG|direkt online portal (www.vng-direkt.de).


Ground breaking at the new “Katharina” underground storage facility in Peißen near Bernburg is celebrated on September 16. Erdgasspeicher Peissen GmbH registered in Halle (Saale) is scheduled to successively commission twelve cavities by 2024.

June 21, 2011

Under the scientific and technical cooperation between VNG and OAO Gazprom, the ejector unit at the Bernburg underground storage facility is officially commissioned on June 21, 2011 following successful trial operation. 

May 2011

The Etzel underground storage cavern was commissioned on 1 June 2012. The 1 June 2012 also saw the start of operations to fill the reservoir with gas. This is due to be completed for the first section of the cavern (approx. 50 million cubic metres of working gas volume for VNG) by January 2013.

November 2010

VNG Energie Czech and Energie Bohemia merge on November 1, 2010. All employees who formerly worked for Energie Bohemia are transferred to what used to be the holding company, which now assumes responsibility for gas wholesaling.

The first Berlin-based refuelling station of VNG-Erdgastankstellen GmbH begins its trial operation at Chausseestraße 61. A 20% blend of climate-neutral biomethane is available to environmentally-aware drivers at all VNG refuelling stations. 

May 17, 2010

The Danish limited liability company VNG Danmark ApS is set up as a subsidiary of VNG Norge. It is responsible for exploration and production on the Danish Continental Shelf.