Based on the 2014 Gas Network Development Plan (NDP Gas 2014), Open Grid Europe (OGE) is building a new compressor station in Herbstein (Hesse), which will transport natural gas mainly on the existing Werne-to-Schlüchtern pipeline (line No. 56) from the north to the south and vice versa. In addition the station will compress gas volumes taken from the Werne-to-Schlüchtern pipeline and the Lauterbach-to-Vitzeroda pipeline (line No. 57) for transfer into the Lauterbach-Scheidt pipeline (line No. 83). Until now, the distance between the two compressor stations on pipeline No. 56 has been more than 300 km.
The new station will have three compressor units, each driven by a 13 MW Titan 130 gas turbine manufactured by Solar Turbines. The station will also have the usual ancillary facilities including filters and gas coolers along with operations and supply buildings.
Commissioning of the station is planned for 2018.
Construction activities began in spring 2016 with extensive terracing work that involved moving some 100,000 cubic metres of soil. The summer months then saw the first civil and structural work, starting with the foundations. At the moment, construction activities are focussing on the compressor buildings and the foundations in the area of the station’s inlet valve. Pipeline construction started at the end of September 2016.
The compressor units are delivered in March 2017.
The objections received as part of the public participation process were discussed at a public meeting on 6 July 2016.