The central section with a compressor station

In Brandenburg, EUGAL exits Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and runs from Schönfeld (Uckermark district) to Großthiemig (Elbe-Elster district) and on to Saxony. In order to minimize the space required for the section around 272 kilometers in length, the pipeline will be laid as close as possible to the OPAL natural gas pipeline which went into operation in 2011. In addition, the Brandenburg section of EUGAL is to be linked to other major high-pressure gas pipelines. Network coupling points are planned in Kienbaum (Grünheide district) and Radeland (City of Baruth/Mark). A compressor station is also planned in Radeland.

The approval process in Brandenburg is divided into two phases: the regional planning procedure with an application conference and the planning approval procedure. Click here to read more about the approval process.

STATUS OF THE PROJECT IN BRANDENBURG

WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED:

The application conference for the regional planning procedure was held in June 2016. 

From October 2016 to March 2017, the general public had the opportunity to find out about the EUGAL project at six information events.

The Joint State Planning Department of Berlin-Brandenburg opened the regional planning procedure for the Brandenburg section at the start of January 2017. In this procedure, the authority investigated the preferred corridor and possible alternatives. In addition, citizens had the opportunity alongside the public-interest bodies to view the planning documents and comment on them.

In May 2017, the Farmers’ Associations in Brandenburg and GASCADE reached an agreement on the contractual regulations for construction and operation of EUGAL. The framework agreements serve as a reference for the individual contracts to be concluded with the owners and farmers of the areas being used.

In July 2017, the Joint State Planning Department of Berlin-Brandenburg presented a preliminary assessment of the regional planning procedure to GASCADE – in December 2017 the joint State Planning Department of Berlin-Brandenburg completed and approved the regional planning procedure for the section of the European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL).

In October 2017, the State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials (LBGR) opened the planning approval procedure for the Brandenburg section of EUGAL, during which it will approve the final route for the pipeline in Brandenburg.

The planning approval documents for the EUGAL section in Brandenburg were on public display and could be viewed from 1 to 30 November 2017 in the 30 affected offices and communities. Alongside the public-interest bodies, this also gave the citizens the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns regarding the project. The deadline for citizens and the public-interest bodies concerned for stating their objections and stances was 2 January 2018.

Following the public display of the planning documents, the State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials invited the public-interest bodies and citizens to a hearing to discuss their submitted objections and stances together with the GASCADE as the company in charge of the project. The hearing to discuss the EUGAL section in Brandenburg was held from 12 to 15 March 2018 – the compressor station in Radeland was discussed on 8 and 9 May 2018.

NEXT STEPS:

The approval procedure was completed in August 2018. The responsible authority announces planning approval decision that defines the final route and functions as planning permission. Since then, construction work has been under way in Brandenburg.

SCHEDULE: PROJECT TIMELINE IN BRANDENBURG

Project phase

Date

Initiation of the regional planning procedure

End of 2016

Planning approval procedure

Mid-2017 to mid-2018

Construction of the first string

Mid-2018 to the end of 2019

Construction of the second string

Start of 2019 to the end of 2020

Construction of the compressor station

Start of 2019 to the end of 2020


ARCHIVE – REVIEW OF THE INFORMATION EVENTS IN 2016/2017:

At six information events (in Heideblick, Rehfelde, Oderberg, Rietzneuendorf-Staakow, Heidesee and Baruth/Mark) from October 2016 to February 2017, GASCADE presented itself as a potential neighbor to residents along the planned EUGAL route. Citizens had the chance to obtain an overview of the EUGAL project and to discuss it in a personal talk with the project team.


Information boards for download

(German language version – Overview of project for information events – project overview Mid-2018)

Information boards regarding Radeland 2 compressor station

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        information boards