Why natural gas?
We live in a world where jobs, schools and other institutions require the mobility of families and the individual. Life as we know it today is only possible with a steady and reliable supply of energy to supply our home, transport system and work place, at work or on holidays.
In the change to a more sustainable energy supply, natural gas will remain one of the most important energy carriers for a long time. Many experts see natural gas as a way to bridge the path to a low-carbon economy because it produces much less CO2 emissions than either coal or oil. Gas also complements volatile renewable energy supplies rather well, because modern gas-fired power stations can switch from idle to full output within minutes if necessary, at times when power from sun and wind are in short supply. Forecasts only see a slow decline in the demand for natural gas in the coming decades.
Domestic natural gas has a much better environmental balance than gas imported from developing countries or arctic regions. In 2014, more than 39% of the import gas in Germany came from the Arctic regions including West Siberia and the amount is ever increasing.
In addition to these environmental aspects, the aspect of improved security of supply is also to be emphasized in the case of an increase in own production. We are highly dependent on natural gas imports. Approx. 90% of demand in Germany can only be covered by imports. With domestic gas production, we can reduce this dependency on imports at least a little bit.
All of the oil and gas we use today began as prehistoric plants or
microscopical animals living in the oceans or in lowland swamp
areas. The plants (and animals) absorbed energy from the sun,
and stored some of this energy as carbon molecules in their bodies.
To “look” into the earth and nd places where natural gas could be
trapped seismic measurements is used. Seismic measurements are
echo sounding of the earth. A sound wave is send into the earth
and is then re ected back from the various layers in the earth
Once the gas trap has been mapped using seismic measurements
drilling might be planned to test the presence of gas. Before the
drilling can start a suitable drilling location must be selected