Open Grid Europe invests in interconnected European network
Better connection to Dutch and Belgian gas transmission systems
The company is currently performing what is known as a flow reversal on an 86 km pipeline between Porz near Cologne and Stolberg near Aachen, which will increase transportation capacities at the border crossing points in Eynatten and Bocholtz.
This has meant expanding the Porz compressor station operated by Mittelrheinische Erdgastransportleitungsgesellschaft (METG). Over an 18-month design and construction period, the station's piping was modified and its control system adapted to the new requirements. Two of the existing metering & regulating systems were also upgraded to allow gas flows and pressures to be controlled in both directions. Total investment in the project is EUR 6.7 million.
The expansion will allow larger gas flows from the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK to be handled at the German-Belgian border crossing point Eynatten for further transportation via Cologne-Porz to southern Germany, or vice versa.
The project lays the foundation for improving the connection between the Zeebrugge Hub operated by Belgian TSO Fluxys and NetConnect Germany's virtual trading point (NCG VTP).
Together with Oberkappel (Austria), Oude Statenzijl (The Netherlands) and from 1 October 2011 Ellund (Denmark), Eynatten is the fourth border crossing point at which gas can be physically imported and exported on the basis of firm capacity contracts.
"This project is another stepping stone towards a European energy market. Improving these interconnections is the only way of guaranteeing security of supply and a properly functioning gas transportation market. But this also still requires economic framework conditions to be improved," said Stephan Kamphues, Chairman of the Open Grid Europe Board of Management.
Über die Open Grid Europe GmbH
Open Grid Europe, a subsidiary of E.ON Ruhrgas AG based in Essen, is Germany's leading gas transmission company. With its modern, efficient system of approx. 12,000 km of pipeline and comprehensive technical services, Open Grid Europe offers and arranges innovative, forward-looking transportation solutions for natural gas and biomethane. Further company details can be found at www.open-grideurope.com.