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GAS. The pipes have been purchased, a construction consortium has been commissioned: The long-distance gas network operator is hoping for rapid approvals for the construction of the tie-in pipelines for the Brunsbuettel LNG terminal.

Gasunie has applied for approval of the two LNG tie-in pipelines for the LNG terminal planned in Brunsbuettel from the relevant state authority in Kiel. This was announced by the Dutch long-distance gas network operator (FNB). In view of the LNG acceleration process adopted with broad political approval, the company is "cautiously optimistic that it will receive the permits on time," it said.

Specifically, the project involves the construction of three kilometers of pipeline to run from the Port of Brunsbuettel to the existing transport system of distribution system operator (DSO) Schleswig-Holstein Netz, as well as the construction of a 55-km pipeline to Hamburg.

As the LNG Acceleration Act also provides for necessary measures to be applied for from the authority under simplified boundary conditions, it will be possible to start part of the construction work even before the approval process is completed. The necessary materials such as pipes and fittings have already been purchased and will be available in good time.

An international consortium of companies has also already been engaged for the construction work. The companies involved are:

  • PPS Pipeline Systems (Quackenbrueck)
  • Friedrich Vorwerk (Tostedt)
  • Bohlen and Doyen (Wiesmoor)
  • and Habau Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft (Perg, Austria).

The goal is to be able to feed regasified gas from the floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal, which will be operational by then, into the German gas grid by the end of 2022, he said.

In addition to the anticipated permits, however, the company still has to clear another hurdle before construction can begin: Contractual arrangements with the approximately 300 landowners and land managers affected by the construction measures are still required. Gasunie has already commenced concluding these "as quickly and as amicably as possible".

Von Katia Meyer-Tien, E&M daily, Issue 12 July 2022
(translated by FRIEDRICH VORWERK SE & Co. KG)