EUGAL: First string ready to transport gas from 1 January 2020

Around 27,000 pipes installed / More than 2,500 people worked on the gas pipeline

Kassel. After just around one and half years of construction, the first string of the European Gas Pipeline Link EUGAL is now complete and will be ready to transport gas from 1 January 2020. The EUGAL pipeline runs over a length of around 480 kilometers from Lubmin on the Baltic Sea to Deutschneudorf on the German-Czech border.

“The completion of the first string is a huge milestone for our project. More than 2,500 people worked at peak times on the route to make this possible,” explains Christoph von dem Bussche, Managing Director of GASCADE. Managing Director Igor Uspenskiy adds: “We are very proud, on behalf of everyone involved in the project, to be able to say that the EUGAL transport capacities will be available as booked from 1 January.”

Around 27,000 pipes were installed for the first string – each of the pipes is around 18 meters long and weighs 15 tonnes. The pipeline measures 1.40 meters in diameter. The fully regulated EUGAL pipeline is integrated into the Germany and European gas network – thanks to its connection to the existing gas pipelines NEL, FGL306 and JAGAL, EUGAL will be able to flexibly transport gas in every direction.

From 1 January 2020, a transport capacity of up to 30.9 billion m³ of gas will be available per year. Following completion of the second string, the pipeline’s full capacity of up to 55 billion m³ of gas per year will be available from January 2021.