Frequently asked questions and the answers to them

Here you can find questions we are often asked. We provide you with the answers. We have also compiled for you a number of useful links to websites that supply further information.

What does the EUGAL project comprise?

EUGAL runs southwards from the Baltic Sea, through the federal states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Saxony, to the Czech Republic, and from Lubmin to Weißack in Brandenburg as a double pipeline. It continues from there as a single pipeline until the last section after Deutschneudorf, where it will connect with the system of the Czech network operator Net4Gas.

In the north, EUGAL is linked to the NEL pipeline by means of a powerful network interconnector near the natural gas receiving station in Lubmin. EUGAL will also be linked with JAGAL near the compressor station in the Radeland region in order to strengthen eastward connections. Unlike the predecessor project OPAL, EUGAL will be a fully regulated pipeline that is wholly integrated in the German market area GASPOOL. 

When will the pipeline be built?

Construction of the European gas pipeline link EUGAL will take several years. The official approval processes will be conducted individually in each federal state and started in the second quarter of 2016 with the application conferences for the regional planning procedure in Saxony and Brandenburg. That will be followed in 2017/2018 with the planning approval procedures with public consultation in the respective federal states. The planning approval processes with public consultation was completed in the third quarter of 2018. Construction of the first string began after these successful approvals. It completed at the end of 2019 and then be put into operation.

Construction of the receiving station started in May 2018 and had been completed at the end of 2019. The compressor station in Brandenburg will be erected at the same time as the second string. The project manager GASCADE will ensure a transparent process and open dialog with all stakeholders in all phases.

How much natural gas a year is EUGAL expected to transport?

The Europe-wide market survey more capacity has revealed that the currently available transport capacities are in some cases well below long-term requirements. GASCADE is planning the pipeline on the basis of the future natural gas requirements reported by the adjacent market areas. The maximum transport capacity of the EUGAL will be 55 billion m³ a year. 

Why is dual pipeline necessary?

If all emissions throughout the natural gas supply chain are added up, gas ranks the best among the fossil fuels. This good ecological footprint is also to be underpinned by construction of the pipeline: With the variant with two pipelines laid in parallel and just one compressor station, GASCADE reduces CO2 emissions considerably – by around 1.5 million tons a year. By way of comparison: That corresponds to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

Unlike a single pipeline with several compressors, a dual pipeline combines the greatest cost effectiveness with the best ecological footprint. As the principal and operator of a large pipeline infrastructure in Germany, we always strive to expand capacities to reflect the needs of German consumers reasonably and at low cost. Since we can use existing capacities from Weißack in Brandenburg to transport the gas to the Czech border, EUGAL will be constructed with one string as of there. 

How will a serious impact on the environment by construction of EUGAL be avoided?

Protecting people, nature and the environment is the top priority for GASCADE. A temporary impact on nature and the landscape is unavoidable in construction of gas pipelines. However, our objective is to preserve local conditions and the soil’s fertility and structure as best possible. After recultivation and rehabilitation is finished, the route can still be noticed in the landscape. However, we will undertake extensive measures to compensate for the temporary effects during the construction phase, as well as the impact of new operating facilities.

What is “more capacity”?

The Europe-wide market survey “more capacity” is a joint project between the transmission system operators GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, Fluxys Deutschland GmbH and NEL Gastransport GmbH. Its objective is to determine the future need for new transport capacities for H-gas at the boundaries of the GASPOOL market area. The goal is to enhance the gas infrastructure long term so as to strengthen the European internal market. The focus is not on possible source countries for gas. The survey is oriented toward demand.

more capacity was a pilot project. Meanwhile such market surveys are part of the European regulation.

The Europe-wide market survey more capacity has shown that the long-term transport requirements between Germany and its neighbors are in some cases well above the available capacities (for more information, please also refer to: EUGAL closes this transport gap.

Will EUGAL be a pure transit pipeline?

EUGAL closesexisting gaps in natural gas demand and transport and ensures that the German and European natural gas network is more robust and flexible. A reliable energy hub in the middle of Europe. The direct connection to the existing natural gas pipelines JAGAL and NEL and the indirect connection to NETRA mean that EUGAL can transport natural gas flexibly within Germany in all directions, thus significantly increasing network stability and supply security in Germany and Europe. Our objective is to achieve an open, highly flexibly internal market in the EU in the interests of consumers. We help to achieve that by continuously expanding our infrastructure.

What is the Gas Network Development Plan?

The German Federal Network Agency examines and approves the network development plans of the pipeline network operators. Such a plan, which must be drawn up every two years as of 2016, must contain all optimization and expansion measures for the natural gas network that are required to ensure supply security.
The results of the annual auction for capacities based on the market survey and held in March 2017 were included by the German transmission system operators in the Scenario Framework for the 2018 Network Development Plan (NDP). The Scenario Framework was confirmed by the German Federal Network Agency at the end of 2017 and the transport requirements used as the basis for planning EUGAL were thus approved.
EUGAL is part of the 2018–2028 Network Development Plan; the German Federal Network Agency is expected to confirm this plan in the fourth quarter of 2018.
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What is the FNB Gas?

The Association of German Gas Transmission System Operators, which is based in Berlin, is an association that was founded in 2012 by German pipeline network operators, i.e. large supraregional and international gas transport companies. One focus of the association’s work is to create the network development plan (NDP). The association also represents its members as a point of contact for policymakers, the media and the general public. 
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What is ENTSOG?

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas is an association formed by gas pipeline operators in Europe. Under the EU Regulation, ENTSOG is responsible among other things for EU-wide time planning in relation to development of the gas network and for improving the flow of information from network operators to market players. ENTSOG also works together with the EU Commission and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). 
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