The regional planning procedure (ROV) for the natural gas transmission pipeline from Epe to Werne was completed in February 2015 with a regional impact assessment by the district government of Münster which confirmed the new pipeline’s compatibility with regional planning requirements.
The application to be submitted as part of the planning permission procedure (PFV) will now only be made for a shorter, roughly 16-kilometre route from Epe to Legden. With this change Open Grid Europe is responding to the new Gas Network Development Plan (Gas NDP 2014) which envisages a shorter route. The pipeline is intended to help prepare for the planned conversion from L-gas to H-gas.
Construction will start at the end of the planning permission procedure from mid-2017 onwards. The new pipeline is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. It will have a diameter of roughly 1,100 millimetres (DN 1100) and a design pressure of 100 bar. Running in parallel to the existing natural gas pipeline from Rysum to Werne for most of its route, it will be operated as a loop line. The pipeline route will start near Epe at the branch line station where the line from the Epe gas storage facility connects to the gas transmission system, running through the district of Borken to end at Open Grid Europe’s valve station in Legden. At the start and end points of the pipeline there will be pig traps that allow the pipeline to be inspected using an intelligent online inspection tool also known as ‘pig’
Areas affected by the construction of the pipeline include the town of Gronau and the Heek, Schöppingen and Legden communities.