Remote data transmission (RDT)

RDT allows data to be transferred from the local measuring system to the GASCADE headquarters in Kassel. Measured values, meter readings, reports, gas qualities, parameters and time settings, etc. can be transferred in this way. In the GASCADE pipeline network, data is mainly retrieved via LAN adapters and the company’s own fiber optic (FO) communication network.

Reporting point

At the reporting point or dispatching center, reports concerning the pipeline network can be received around the clock, seven days a week, in order to ensure smooth operation. The contact data for the dispatching center can be found, for example, on the yellow marker posts along the pipelines.

Regional planning procedure

A regional planning procedure (RPP) sets out a rough pipeline route. Application conferences take place prior to the regional planning procedure. During these official events, local government bodies (towns and municipalities, specialist authorities and recognized associations and organizations) decide on the area along the route to be investigated and the method of investigation.
The responsible authorities then examine the preferred route and potential alternatives during the regional planning procedure. The various impacts of the routes on people, nature and the environment are assessed. At the end, the authorities decide which route will have the least impact on the local area. However, the regional planning procedure only determines a route corridor – an exact route is not determined until the planning approval procedure.


More specifically "market regulation" – this refers to direct state intervention in economic processes which usually takes place where the market is to be controlled, e.g. where there are natural monopolies. Network access agreements and above all market access, pricing and tariff agreements are often realized in a way that a monopolist cannot exclude potential competitors from network use. GASCADE is subject to so-called incentive regulation.


A nomination informs the network operator about the extent to which a transport contract is to be used for a specific time period. If the announced transport quantities are subsequently changed, this is referred to as a renomination.

Route planning

During route planning, various routes are developed and compared from an economic, environmental and technical point of view.  The scale for the investigation is still relatively large (1:5000 to 1:25000 on a map). By weighing up all the advantages and disadvantages a preferred route is then determined and further refined .