European gas pipeline link (EUGAL) is a planned 485km-long natural gas transport network aimed at strengthening the supply of natural gas to Germany and Europe.
The two-string pipeline will pass through the Baltic coast of Germany via Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and southern Saxony to the Czech Republic border.
It is set to be constructed parallel to the existing OPAL pipeline, and will be connected at the landing point of the Nord Stream 2 network in order to deliver Russian gas into central Europe.
A joint venture comprising BASF / Wintershall and Gazprom known as Gascade Gastransport will serve as the project manager for the development.
The first string of the pipeline is expected to be operational by the end of 2019, which will be followed by the commissioning of the second string by the end of 2020.
EUGAL project background
The EUGAL project is aimed at achieving a flexible internal market across the EU in the interests of consumers by expanding the infrastructure.
Natural gas imports into Europe are expected to increase from 50% to 70% by 2035, while the continent’s natural gas import gap is estimated to increase to approximately 170 billion cubic metres a year.
The EUGAL pipeline is intended to secure the future flow of energy between Western, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
It will also offer requested annual additional transport needs of 11 billion cubic metres to Western Germany, 51 billion cubic metres to the Czech Republic, 11 billion cubic metres to Poland, and nine billion cubic metres to the Netherlands.
Official approval for the EUGAL project will be provided by each federal state individually.
The regional planning procedure for the construction of EUGAL in Saxony was initiated by Gascade and completed in May 2016.
The company subsequently reached a framework agreement with Saxony’s State Farmers’ Associations for the use of approximately 60% of their agricultural land for the development of the EUGAL project in May 2017.
A regional planning procedure for the construction of EUGAL in Brandenburg was submitted to the Joint State Planning Department of Berlin-Brandenburg in June 2016, and is expected to be finalised by mid-2018.
EUGAL pipeline details
The pipeline will have a total length of 485km, including 275km in Brandenburg, 110km in Saxony and 100km in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania area.
The entry point will be located at Vierow / Lubmin region near Greifswald, positioned in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on the Baltic Sea.
Exit points will be located at Kienbaum / Groß Köris region in Brandenburg and Deutschneudorf in Saxony along the German and Czech border.
The pipeline will have an internal diameter of 1.4m and a capacity to transport 51 billion cubic metres of gas a year. It will have two strings running parallel and a maximum operating pressure (MOP) of 100bar.
The pipeline will laid 10m below the ground and will have a minimum pipeline depth cover of one metre.
A compressor station at Brandenburg and a natural gas receiving station at Lubminer Heide industrial are to be built as part of the development, as well as a business park featuring a capacity of 7.1 million standard cubic metres of gas per hour.
Construction of the European pipeline
Construction of the natural gas receiving station will begin in early-2018, while development of the first string of the pipeline will commence in mid-2018 and be completed by the end of 2019.
Work on the second string of the pipeline and compressor station will commence in 2019, with commissioning planned for completion by the end of 2020.
Temporary construction areas for storing pipes will be created during construction.
Shut-off stations with a coverage area of 1,000m²-2,000m² will be located every 15km to 18km along the pipline as a safety precaution.
Contractors involved with EUGAL project
Europipe was awarded a contract to deliver 635,000t of pipe with a diameter of 56in (1,420mm) for the EUGAL project in April 2017.
The pipes will be manufactured at the Mülheim an der Ruhr facility between 2017 and 2019.
Mulheim Pipecoatings has been contracted to provide pipe coating works.