Jemgum cavern storage facility: Brine transport pipeline in operation again

Jemgum. The brine transport pipeline for the Jemgum natural gas storage facility is in operation again. After the State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) issued the operating permit in August, the transportation of the brine through the pipeline has recommenced. The pipeline, which is about 43 kilometres long and transports brine from the storage caverns in Jemgum to the North Sea, has been widely repaired in recent months.

“We are pleased to be able to resume the construction of the storage facility as planned now,“ astora Managing Director Andreas Renner explains. The leak in the brine transport pipeline was ascertained in September 2013, whereupon brine transportation was immediately suspended. While the pipeline was shut down, astora transported the brine produced from the Jemgum cavern storage facility with two tankers of the highest safety class from the storage facility grounds to Rysum.

“The damaged area, a crack about 13 millimetres long, was detected and sealed off very quickly,” astora Project Manager Arkadius Binia explains. “But we inspected the whole brine transport pipeline very closely in the last few months so that we could rule out the possibility of any other damage.” The inspection by ultrasound showed that the reported crack was the only damaged site on the 43 kilometre-long pipeline.

astora GmbH & Co. KG, based in Kassel, Germany, is one of the largest natural gas storage operators in Europe. The company maintains one of the largest natural gas storage facilities in Western Europe at Rehden in Northern Germany, which has a working gas volume of more than four billion cubic metres. In addition, the storage company also holds capacities in the second largest storage facility in Central Europe, located in Haidach, Austria. In order to secure natural gas supplies to Europe, the company is currently developing the Jemgum natural gas storage facility on the German-Dutch border.

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