The EUGAL pipeline in Germany, the onshore extension of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, can now transfer up to 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year. Both lines and the compressor station are operating smoothly.
After just over two and a half years of construction, the European connection of the EUGAL gas pipeline has now reached full transport capacity with two lines and a compressor station. The first line has already been transporting natural gas since 1 January 2020. The second line and compressor station were put into operation last week and efforts are underway to increase their capacity to 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year. EUGAL is a joint project of transmission system operators GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH, Fluxys Deutschland GmbH and ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH.
EUGAL runs approximately 480 kilometres from Lubmin on the Baltic Sea to Deutschneudorf on the German-Czech border. A total of around 46,000 pipes have been installed as part of EUGAL – each pipe is around 18 metres long and weighs 15 tonnes. The pipeline is 1.40 metres in diameter. At peak construction times, more than 2,500 people were working on the project.
The fully regulated EUGAL pipeline is integrated into the German and European gas networks. By connecting to the existing NEL, FGL306 and JAGAL pipelines, EUGAL will be able to flexibly transport gas in any direction. According to its operators, the project could be useful for developing infrastructure for hydrogen in the future.
By Annie Cook (photo: EUGAL)