Open Grid Europe has been commissioned by MEGAL (Mittel-Europäische Gasleitungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG) to build a new natural gas compressor station in Rothenstadt (Weiden i. d. OPf.). The new station, which will have a total installed capacity of 45 MW, will be located right next to the company’s existing compressor station.
The purpose of the new station is to increase the compressor capacity in line with the anticipated increase in gas transportation requirements. The additional capacity will be used to provide the storage facilities in the south (Haidach/7Fields) with additional capacity and improve the capability of the gas transmission system in the north-south and south-north directions.
The need for the new compressor station as currently planned was identified as part of the Gas Network Development Plan (NDP Gas) 2014 and subsequently confirmed by the NDP 2015. Since autumn 2016, the approval processes have been completed and the notice of approval under the Federal Emission Control Act (BImSchG) has been issued.
Construction started in March 2016. The engineering activities have largely been completed. The three compressor buildings, the two utility buildings and the building housing the meter runs have already been erected. Installation of the process components such as the natural gas coolers, the station inlet filters and the piping is on track. The three new gas turbines will be delivered in April 2017. The station will be tied into the natural gas transmission system during the course of 2017. Commissioning is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
MEGAL pipeline transmission system
The MEGAL (Mittel-Europäische Gasleitung) gas pipeline system is operated by a joint venture company set up by the two transmission system operators Open Grid Europe and GRTgaz Deutschland. It comprises two interconnected pipeline legs, MEGAL Nord, a 460 km natural gas pipeline system consisting of two parallel lines (with a diameter of approx. 1100 mm each) from the Czech border to France, and MEGAL Süd, from the Austrian border to Rothenstadt. With its six compressor stations used to maintain the pipeline pressure, the system is one of the most important installations of the German natural gas infrastructure.