The first pipes required for the construction of the new European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) have started to be delivered to the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The EUGAL gas pipeline will comprise two parallel strings designed to strengthen the supply of natural gas to Germany and Europe.
It is a core element in the expansion of central Europe’s energy hub.
The 485 km pipeline will run from the Baltic Sea on Germany’s northern coast, travelling south through the east of the country into the state of Saxony, before eventually crossing the border into the Czech Republic.
Approximately 47,000 pipes will be needed for pipeline’s construction, which will be stored at points along the route until construction of EUGAL starts in mid-2018.
The DN 1400 pipe sections are each 18 m long and weigh 15 t.
The pipes are being manufactured by EUROPIPE in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.
The pipes will be transported by train to the Vorpommern-Greifswald district and then distributed by truck from railway stations in Lubmin, Drögeheide and Prenzlau to nearby storage points.
The delivery of the pipes is being managed by the project developer GASCADE.
“In the case of such a large project like the construction of EUGAL it is vital that all the steps are perfectly coordinated,” EUGAL Chief Project Manager Ludger Hümbs said.
“GASCADE will begin building the pipeline once the planning approval notice has been issued, which is expected in mid-2018.
“So far, we’re on schedule and expect all the approvals to be available as planned.”
While the project is still in its early stages, gas is expected to start flowing through the first string of the pipeline at the end of 2019.
For more information visit the EUGAL website.
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