Thema: Security of Supply

Hydrogen network 2032

The hydrogen network 2032 presented in the interim status for the NEP Gas 2022-2032 shows the result of the modeling of a Germany-wide hydrogen network for the year 2032 based on the MoU requirements, the results of the network development plan Gas 2020-2030 and the pipeline reports of the transmission system operators and other potential hydrogen network operators as well as on existing parallel pipeline systems in the transmission system. This results in a hydrogen network with a pipeline length of 7,600-8,500 km by 2032.

New LNG plants connected to the FNB network

In the LNG security of supply variants of the interim status for the NEP Gas 2022-2032, the network expansion for LNG facilities at the locations Brunsbüttel, Rostock, Stade and Wilhelmshaven is investigated in three different modeling variants. The Brunsbüttel and Stade sites are already included in the baseline variant, while the Rostock and Wilhelmshaven sites are added for the LNG supply security variants.

Transformation of transmission networks: arteries of the climate-neutral future

Today’s natural gas customer is tomorrow’s hydrogen customer.

In the face of climate change, only one thing is certain: we must do everything in our power to limit the global rise in temperature. Fossil fuels therefore have no long-term future. At the latest, with climate neutrality targeted for 2045, natural gas can no longer play a role without capturing CO2.

Nevertheless, the continued use and development of gas infrastructure is not a commitment to the continued use of fossil fuels. On the contrary, it is a prerequisite for efficient and thus socially acceptable climate protection and will remain the guarantor of a secure energy supply in the future energy system.

Shut-off device at the Ochtrup compressor station

Construction of the compressor station in Ochtrup, North Rhine-Westphalia, began in 2010. The station forms the end of a pipeline that transports gas from Norway from Emden to the Ruhr area. The pressure in the pipelines decreases over long distances and is brought back to the required level in Ochtrup so that it can be fed into the German gas grid. An expansion of the station to include an additional compressor was completed in 2018.

The picture shows a shut-off device, a so-called gate valve. This is located at the “entrance” to the compressor station and checks how much gas is flowing into the station. The natural gas from Norway is compressed to a higher pressure at the plant and then piped further towards the consumption centers.

Compressor station in Olbernhau

The Olbernhau compressor station is located on the edge of the Ore Mountains, in the valley of the Flöha River. With three gas turbines, the station has been ensuring the right pressure in the 314-kilometer STEGAL (Saxony-Thuringia natural gas pipeline) since 1992, so that natural gas can reach central Germany from Russia via the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Compressor station in Dornstadt-Scharenstetten

The compressor station in Dornstadt-Scharenstetten is an important transport hub in the terranets bw network. Commissioned 30 years ago, a fourth compressor unit was added to the plant in spring 2017, increasing the station’s capacity by about 30 percent. The next expansion stage will increase the capacity of the compressor station by a further 20 percent. To this end, one of the existing compressor units will be replaced in 2020/2021 with a modern, more powerful prime mover.

Compressor station in Blankenloch

The compressor station in Blankenloch, near Karlsruhe, is located at an important junction. It ensures that the right pressure is maintained for gas transport in the Rheintal-Nord-Leitung 1, Rheintal-Nord-Leitung 3, Rheintal-Nord-Leitung 4, Rheintal-Süd-Leitung 1 and Schwaben-Leitung pipelines. The gas is compressed with the help of an electrically driven gas compressor and three electrically driven gas compressors.