Planning approval procedure to start in Brandenburg

Pipeline project well on schedule / public display of application documents in November 2017

Kassel / Cottbus. The European gas pipeline link EUGAL has entered a new project phase in Brandenburg. The Brandenburg State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials (LBGR) in Cottbus opened the planning approval procedure for the section of the EUGAL pipeline in Brandenburg. This procedure will involve presenting the exact plots of land required to build the pipeline and issuing all the official approvals needed to build EUGAL. The specific impact on nature and the landscape will also be ascertained, and the stances of the competent authorities and objections from the population taken into account. The successful conclusion of the procedure will constitute approval to build the pipeline in Brandenburg.

Alongside the public-interest bodies, such as towns and municipalities, the residents are also invited to view the application documents from 1 to 30 November 2017 in the towns and municipalities affected, and to comment on them. The procedure will culminate in an official planning approval decision by the Mining Authority that will determine the final course of the around 272 kilometer long route in Brandenburg.

“Implementing a major infrastructure project like EUGAL can only succeed together with the population. Their participation in the planning approval procedure gives us the opportunity to receive other important information on the project,” says Ludger Hümbs, Chief EUGAL Project Manager. In fall 2016 and spring 2017, the project team presented the plans for the natural gas pipeline to the general public in six towns and municipalities located along the Brandenburg section. 

The section of EUGAL in Brandenburg runs from Schönfeld (Uckermark district) in a southerly direction to Großthiemig (Elbe-Elster district). In order to minimize the space required for the Brandenburg section, the pipeline will be laid as close as possible to the existing OPAL natural gas pipeline. The pipeline will be able to annually transport up to 51 billion cubic meters of natural gas. With the new pipeline, GASCADE is responding to the growing demand for gas and gas transport capacity in Europe.

GASCADE is implementing the EUGAL pipeline project together with the transmission system operators Fluxys Deutschland GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH and Ontras Gastransport GmbH.