NOWAL project: Public involvement about to start

Documents for planning approval procedure available to the public starting January 12, 2015.

Kassel. The preparations for the construction of the North-West pipeline link (NOWAL) are making progress. Starting on January 12, citizens will get the opportunity to analyze the documents filed for the licensing procedure. Objections may be raised until February 25.

The materials can be inspected from January 12 through February 11 at the Rehden government offices and at Altes Amt Lemförde, as well as at the offices of the city of Diepholz and the Stemwede municipality. The inspection period is part of the planning approval procedure under the auspices of the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology in Clausthal-Zellerfeld (for the portion located in Lower Saxony) and the Detmold district government (for the portion located in North Rhine-Westphalia).

GASCADE first notified the citizenry of the pipeline project planned for 2017 in May of last year – three years before the planned start of construction. The 26-kilometer pipeline will run from Rehden in Lower Saxony to Drohne in North Rhine-Westphalia to connect GASCADE's long-distance pipelines in central Germany with its western network. The project is part of the current gas pipeline development plan and complies with the German Energy Industry Act.

"Protecting the environment and the public has top priority for GASCADE whenever we build a pipeline," says route engineer Axel Bühning. Accordingly, three temporarily needed pipe storage sites and the actual route will no longer be visible once the work has been completed.