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Project Havel A: 
Secure energy for Brandenburg and Germany

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There is a gas field near Zehdenick in the Brandenburg district of Oberhavel that is estimated to contain around 24 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 120-500 million cubic meters of the rare raw material helium. Jasper Resources is currently evaluating the possibility of exploring this gas field and subsequently producing the gas. With the extracted natural gas, we want to make a contribution to secure gas supply for the Brandenburg region and Germany.

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Regional natural gas makes an important contribution to energy security 

Germany is  rely on natural gas as a bridging energy source until it can be completely converted to an energy supply with renewable energies. This goal is to be achieved in 2045. Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck said: "The supply of natural gas to eastern Germany is not yet guaranteed." (NDR, May 2023) Regional natural gas can therefore contribute to supplying Germany and above all the Brandenburg region with energy safely and reliably.

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Jasper Resources GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jasper Resources B.V., which was founded in the Netherlands in 2013. Our team has decades of international experience in oil and gas production. We work with the most modern technologies and in strict compliance with all safety and environmental precautions. Each of our procedures is carefully checked by the relevant authorities and meets the highest standards. In this way we guarantee safe gas production. 

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Why gas production in Germany makes sense 

The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has exposed Germany's dependence on imported gas. Because gas became scarce, prices rose sharply. Imports via pipelines or LNG terminals are expensive and particularly CO₂-intensive. 

In industry, in electricity production and for heating buildings, natural gas will still be needed as a bridge energy for years to come before Germany can switch completely to an energy supply with renewable energies. Even if we save a lot of energy in Germany and heat less, we will still need natural gas as a bridge energy to the age of renewables for a transitional period of around 20 years. Gas from Germany can contribute to this. There are currently more than 36 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves in Germany that could be extracted (BVEG, 2023). Havel A is estimated to bring another 24 billion cubic meters of gas reserves and would increase German reserves by two-thirds.

Regional natural gas can help make Germany less dependent on imports. This means that less expensive and environmentally harmful fracking gas, for example from the USA, is required. In a nutshell: Every cubic meter of natural gas that is produced domestically does not have to be imported and reliably supplies households and industry with regional energy.

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Domestic natural gas - advantages for Brandenburg and the region  

The citizens of Brandenburg can benefit directly from local natural gas production on several levels: 

  • Reliable energy supply for households & Industry: Local industry can be offered long-term supply contracts - an advantage for securing jobs, especially in energy-intensive sectors. Private households are safely and continuously supplied with energy from regional production.

  • Creation and safeguarding of jobs: The project will create 150-200 industrial jobs in the region. Processing companies could settle there. Construction measures and transport will be commissioned by local companies.

  • High tax revenues: Depending on the amount of gas promoted and the gas price, billions in tax revenues can accrue over the entire funding period. A significant portion of this revenue benefits the region and communities directly. 

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Project Havel A– What happens when, how & where?

As part of the Havel A project, we are planning to pump regional natural gas and helium from Brandenburg and thus make a contribution to secure gas supplies in Germany.

What is Project Havel A?

The gas field near Zehdenick is one of the largest gas deposits in Germany, with an estimated 75 billion cubic metres of raw gas. The gas there consists of about 31.8% methane, 68% nitrogen and 0.2% helium. Such a gas mix is not unusual worldwide. Technologies to process this gas and separate it into its individual components are readily available. Helium in particular is very valuable as an important raw material for the medical and high-tech industries. Helium is classified as a critical and strategic raw material by the EU and is only produced at one other location in Europe. In addition, we aim to ensure that the hot water at depth can also be used geothermally for the production of green district heating and will investigate the geothermal potential of the well from the outset.

When will it happen?

Jasper Resources has submitted a licence application for the Havel A area to the responsible State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials (LBGR) in Cottbus and plans to drill a test well in the near future. This application is currently being reviewed. If it is approved, we will undertake an exploratory drilling with subsequent evaluation of the data collected in the process. This step - including preparations - will take about 12 months. If the results are good, gas production could begin at the end of 2025.

How will it happen?

The gas field is a conventional gas deposit. Since it is not shale gas, no so-called unconventional fracking is used.

Where will it happen?

The underground area where the gas is located at a depth of more than 4,000 metres is about 100 square kilometres and is concentrated in the greater Zehdenick municipality. All possible future wells will be drilled from just one well site. It is about the size of two football fields. For the duration of the drilling - a few months - a single drilling tower will stand there, about 40 metres high. For comparison: a wind turbine of the latest generation is more than 130 metres high. After the drilling is completed, only the pipes and valves for controlling the gas flow will be visible at a height of about 2-3 metres. Next to this, a plant for processing the gas and for the production of nitrogen and helium will be built.

What we are doing better this time?

Jasper Resources first planned test drilling in the Zehdenick region back in 2021. At that time, we did not do everything right in terms of communication. We regret that. We understand that you as citizens want to know what impact a gas well will have. We take your concerns and questions very seriously. We have learned from our mistakes and this time we want to make sure that we discuss all steps around the project early and transparently and answer critical questions in a clearly understandable way.

Our goal

Project Havel A is carried out under the guidance of a professional team of experts, under strict safety precautions and with the help of proven, safe technologies. In doing so, we are committed to keeping the funding period as short as possible. In addition, we will set aside a portion of the income each year as a reserve for renaturation at the end of the project.

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We take your questions very seriously and would like to share all information about our project with you in a transparent and understandable way. You are welcome to contact us directly:

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E-mail: presse@jasperresources.eu

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