Safety

EUGAL is a natural gas pipeline and so must meet stringent safety requirements – during planning, construction and operation. GASCADE is committed to ensuring that. Protecting people, nature and the environment always has top priority for us in all phases of the project.

Before EUGAL can be put into operation, a stress test is conducted to determine that  the pipeline is hermetically sealed and safe. Natural gas can flow through the pipeline for the first time and operation of it can be commenced only once this pressure test has been passed and all operating and safety and safety facilities have been accepted. 

Securely embedded in the ground

EUGAL’s strings are embedded in the ground at a depth of cover of at least one meter and so are protected securely against external impacts. The pipeline’s steel is more than two centimeters thick and the pipes are subjected to many safety tests from production to when they are commissioned. The pipeline is encapsulated in polyethylene and has cathodic corrosion protection to prevent it from rusting.

When the pipeline has been laid and the route recultivated, there are special safety regulations for the protective strip. Any planning and work by third parties that may impede or even jeopardize operation of the pipeline is prohibited in this protective strip. Buildings cannot be erected on the protective strip, for example.

Around-the-clock surveillance

GASCADE employees regularly control the pipeline in person – on foot, with vehicles and by helicopter. In addition, GASCADE’s Dispatching Center in Kassel monitors the entire pipeline network, which will also include EUGAL, around the clock. Among other things, it checks and regulates the pressure, temperature and transport volumes, always in close contact with colleagues at the facilities and the local pipeline service staff.