1 April 2021

Germany's EUGAL Pipeline, Extending Nord Stream 2, Reaches Full Capacity

The EUGAL gas pipeline started operating at full capacity after the commissioning of the second line, as well as the compressor station. This was announced by the German transmission system operator GASCADE Gastransport GmbH. Thereby the pipeline has now reached its full transport capacity of 55 bcma, after just over two and half years of construction.

EUGAL is a joint project between the transmission system operators GASCADE Gastransport GmbH (a company with the participation of Gazprom Group), Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH, Fluxys Deutschland GmbH and ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH. 

The management of GASCADE has noted the importance of the project for the entire natural gas market. Managing Director Christoph von dem Bussche stressed the EUGAL’s importance for Europe’s energy supply. Managing Director Igor Uspenskiy added that Germany consumes more than 80 bcma of natural gas, which means that the output of EUGAL at its full capacity meets the interests of its clients. Ralph Bahke, Managing Director of ONTRAS, said that the new pipeline has become a valuable part of gas infrastructure and will also be of national importance for gas transportation in the future. Jens Schumann, Managing Director of Gasunie Deutschland, noted that EUGAL can also be an essential element in a European hydrogen network in the future.  Friedrich Rosenstock, Managing Director of Fluxys Deutschland stressed that the project was implemented in a very short period and this was achieved in compliance with all environmental and industry safety standards.

EUGAL runs over a length of around 480 kilometers from the Baltic Sea to to the German-Czech border. Thanks to its connection to the existing gas pipelines NEL, FGL306 and JAGAL, EUGAL is able to flexibly transport gas in every direction. The first string of the pipeline has already been transporting natural gas since 1 January 2020. 



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