Jemgum storage facility to be connected to the Dutch natural gas pipeline network
WINGAS receives permission to construct a pipeline from the Jemgum storage facility to Oude Statenzijl / Construction is scheduled to begin in April
Kassel/Jemgum, 20 March 2012. The Jemgum natural gas storage facility is taking on an increasingly important role in Europe’s future energy supply. As well as being connected to the German natural gas pipeline network, the storage facility, which is currently under construction, will also be connected to the Dutch gas pipeline system. Following a year-long process to obtain construction permission, WINGAS has now received approval from the responsible Lower Saxony State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) to construct the approximately 14-kilometer long pipeline from the Jemgum storage facility in the district of Leer to Oude Statenzijl on the German-Dutch border. “Geographically, the Jemgum cavern storage facility is ideally positioned in the European natural gas pipeline network. We are making full use of this potential by connecting it to the pipeline network of our neighboring country,” explained Artour Chakhdinarov, Managing Director at WINGAS and responsible for the storage division. “The new storage facility pipeline will enable us to supply natural gas reliably and quickly also to customers in the Netherlands as well as in Great Britain and Belgium.”
The Jemgum facility will in future store natural gas coming from Russia in the east, from the North Sea and the northwest European spot markets, supplied via the Dutch network. Once the current development stage is complete, the cavern storage facility, in which Verbundnetz Gas AG (VNG) Leipzig holds a one-sixth stake, will have a working gas capacity of approximately one billion cubic meters. “The construction of the natural gas storage facility is progressing according to plan. We expect to fill the first caverns with gas for the first time in summer 2013,” announced WINGAS Project Manager Arkadius Binia. Seven caverns have already been created by leaching, which means that the first caverns will be ready for storing natural gas in one year’s time. Construction of the gas-handling facilities above ground is also in full swing.
A construction phase of approximately six months is envisaged for the storage facility pipeline. “Preparations are already underway for the construction of the pipeline,” said Binia. The pipe storage sites have already been stocked with sections of pipe and a construction company has been appointed. “We will commence construction of the pipeline at the end of April, as planned.” The pipeline runs from the WINGAS facility by the Ems River south of the borough of Jemgum towards the southwest as far as Bunde, then continuing on to Oude Statenzijl, where it will be connected to the existing pipeline network. Binia: “In selected areas, the pipeline will be laid using a trenchless method in order to cross the areas that are sensitive in terms of nature conservation without causing any disturbance. In so doing, we are once again making a significant contribution to protecting nature and the landscape and are minimizing the interference.” The pipeline has a diameter of 90 centimeters and can transport up to 1.8 million cubic meters of natural gas per hour.