Accident at ERM pipeline with injury to persons

GASCADE expresses deep regret

Ludwigshafen/Kassel. Just before midday on October 23, 2014 in Ludwigshafen-Oppau, a serious accident involving a fire took place at construction works on the ERM (Rhein-Main natural gas) pipeline carried out on behalf of GASCADE Gastransport GmbH.  One person was dead upon rescue. There are fears of further injuries. "First of all we want to express our deepest regret. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. Rescue measures were initiated as soon as possible. The rescue services have acted quickly and comprehensively. We thank them very much for that," says Christoph von dem Bussche, Managing Director of GASCADE Gastransport GmbH.

At midday on Thursday, the pipeline was damaged during earthworks by an as-yet unknown cause and leaking natural gas caught fire. The fire has since been extinguished and the pipeline taken out of service. GASCADE has initiated all other necessary measures and provides information about the situation on an ongoing basis.

The ERM pipeline is almost 57 kilometers long, 40 centimeters in diameter, and runs from Ludwigshafen to Karlsruhe.