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Second string of EUGAL being laid under the River Peene

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World Pipelines,

The tunnel under the River Peene, to the west of Anklam, is around 1 km in length. It is through this tunnel that the second string of the European Gas Pipeline Link is currently being laid. Around 55 sections of pipe – each around 18 m long and weighing 15 t – welded together make up a pipeline string just under 1 km in length. A powerful machine is pulling this pipeline string through the 2.4 m wide, already-completed tunnel under the river.

Around 30 construction specialists have been working on making this step possible since October 2019. EUGAL runs through Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania over a length of around 102 km. The first string has already been completed. Around two thirds of the second string in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are in the ground and the accompanying pipe trenches have been backfilled.

Ludger Hümbs, Chief Project Manager for the EUGAL project, is satisfied with how construction is progressing. “We are right on schedule with EUGAL. All the construction work is within the planned time frame. The first string of the pipeline is already complete and has been transporting natural gas according to plan since 1 January 2020.

Looking at 2020, Hümbs explains: “The second string and our compressor station in Brandenburg should be completed by the end of the year. After that, the full transport capacity of EUGAL of up to 55 billion m3/y of natural gas will then be available.”

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