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Permission granted for TENP pipeline de-odorisation plant

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In late October, the regional authorities in Freiburg granted planning permission for the de-odorisation plant near Schwörstadt (in the district of Lörrach in Baden-Württemberg). Preparatory construction activities are already underway.

The planned de-odorisation plant is part of a flow reversal project that will allow natural gas to be shipped on the TENP pipeline in a south-north direction under certain conditions. It will thus make a decisive contribution to enhancing security of supply in Germany and north-western Europe, as it will increase flexibility in gas transmission to Germany via Switzerland and indirectly via Italy and France.

The de-odorisation plant will treat the gas coming from abroad to comply with regulatory requirements for the German pipeline network.

The Trans Europe Natural Gas Pipeline (TENP) is an important European north-south link for the transmission of natural gas. It consists of two parallel high-pressure gas pipelines and runs about 500 km from the German-Dutch border to the German-Swiss border. The pipeline is owned by TENP GmbH & Co. KG, in which Open Grid Europe GmbH holds 51% and Fluxys TENP GmbH 49%. The capacities of the TENP pipeline are marketed by Open Grid Europe GmbH and Fluxys TENP GmbH.

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