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EUGAL pipeline crosses the River Elbe

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“…in Coswig we have a very special challenge – we cross the Elbe with our management,” explains Ioannis Plakidis-Adamer, EUGAL Site Manager and responsible for this construction site. “A team of 50 construction workers has spent more than two months working to make this move possible.”

“We pull a welded-together pipe section of about 230 m in length and a weight of more than 900 t with the help of a winch through the Elbe,” says Plakidis-Adamer. In the river, a trench about 5 m deep was dug for this purpose. After the line has been pulled into the ditch, it is backfilled. The pipeline then lies at least 2.50 m below the riverbed of the Elbe.

The pipe itself has a diameter of 1.40 m and is additionally encased in concrete in the Elbe area. Shipping will continue to operate normally after completion of construction work in the river. Claimed areas are restored to their original state.

“The crossing of the Elbe is an important building block for laying in Saxony,” explains EUGAL Project Leader Ludger Hümbs. Since the management's approval in September this year, construction work is underway. The Saxon section of the line is about 106 km long. Currently around 44 km of topsoil have been removed in Saxony, 12 km of pipes have been welded and 7 km of pipes have already been lowered into the ground. Construction work on the construction of the pipeline is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 in the Free State.

Hümbs briefly summarises the background to EUGAL: “Our own natural gas production in Europe is falling and the import demand for gas is increasing." The European grid development plan assumes that imports of up to 183 billion m3 of natural gas in 2035 will be needed. “That's why we need EUGAL. Through its links with other pipelines, it can transport gas flexibly – within Germany, to Western and Southeastern Europe. “EUGAL will have a maximum transport capacity of 55 billion m3 of natural gas per year. By comparison, Germany consumes around 85 billion m3 of gas per year.

EUGAL is a 480 km long-distance gas pipeline that runs from the Baltic Sea through Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg to the south of Saxony on the German-Czech border and consists largely of two parallel pipeline sections. In Saxony, the EUGAL is built with a strand and lead from Lampertswalde (Meissen district) in a southerly direction to Deutschneudorf (Erzgebirgskreis) on the German-Czech border. In addition, a natural gas export station with gas pressure regulating and gas measuring system is planned in Deutschneudorf. With the construction of EUGAL, GASCADE is reacting to the increasing demand for natural gas and transport.

GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, a joint venture of BASF and Gazprom, operates a nationwide gas pipeline network. The network company offers its customers in the middle of Europe state-of-the-art and competitive transport services via the company's own high-pressure pipeline network of more than 2400 km in length.

The EUGAL pipeline project is being implemented by GASCADE together with the transmission system operators Fluxys Deutschland GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH and ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH.

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