Pipes for EUGAL: Delivery to start in Saxony

47,000 pipes needed for the entire route / Construction of the natural gas pipeline due to start in mid-2018

Freiberg / Elsterwerda / Kassel. The preparations for the construction of the European gas pipeline link EUGAL are making progress. From Tuesday, 29 May 2018, the first pipes will be delivered in Saxony and stored at pipe storage points until construction of EUGAL starts in mid-2018. 

The storage points for the pipes are located along the planned route. The pipes will first be transported by train to railway stations in Freiberg in Saxony and Elsterwerda in Brandenburg. Trucks will then distribute the pipes to nearby storage point in Saxony. Delivery of the pipes in Saxony should be completed by the end of August 2018.

GASCADE is mounting a huge logistics effort to ensure that all the pipes are on site in good time before construction gets underway. “In the case of such a large project like the construction of EUGAL it is therefore vital that all the steps are perfectly coordinated,” as Ludger Hümbs, Chief Project Manager for EUGAL, explains. GASCADE will begin building the pipeline once the planning approval notice has been issued, which is expected in mid-2018. “We are still on schedule and expect all the approvals to be available as planned,” says Hümbs.

Just under 47,000 pipes are needed for the around 480 kilometer-long pipeline from the Baltic Sea to the German-Czech border. Each of the pipes measures 1.40 meters in diameter (DN 1400), is around 18 meters long, and weighs 15 tons. The pipes are being manufactured by EUROPIPE in Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany.

With the aid of EUGAL, natural gas will be transported flexibly in in all directions in Europe – within Germany, and to Western and Southeastern Europe. The pipeline will thus make an important contribution to a robust and flexible energy supply for Germany and Europe.