LNG & pipeline gas: Bringing a higher security of supply to the EU

Located at the heart of Europe and an important hub for the European natural gas transport system, Gascade’s natural gas pipeline grid is approximately 2,4000 kilometres long and links customers and suppliers across Germany.

Keen to hear more about the EUGAL pipeline and the future flows of energy, Gastech Insights spoke with EAGC 2018 Governing Body Member and Head of Market Area Management and Business Development at Gascade, Ludger Hümbs.

Gastech Insights: As more LNG comes into the EU, what does this mean for pipeline gas?

Ludger Hümbs: Forecasts indicate an additional need for gas imports in Europe for the next 20 years as indigenous production goes down and demand almost remains at the current level at the same time.

Sufficient capacities for LNG regasification and pipeline gas are substantial for Europe. There are significant LNG and pipeline capacities existing especially in North-West Europe and extension are supportive to keep competition and security of supply on a good level. Measures in the course of the project Nord Stream 2 make it possible to supply East and Southeast Europe with LNG. In general more sources of gas lead to higher competition what results in a higher security of supply.

Gastech Insights: The construction for the first string of the EUGAL pipeline is set to start this year, could you tell us more about the project and what it means for Europe?

Ludger Hümbs: In summer 2015 we conducted together with TSO partners (Gasunie Deutschland (GUD), FLUXYS Deutschland (FLUXYS-D), Ontras Gastransport (Ontras) and NEL Gastransport (NEL)) a European market survey on the demand for gas transport in the GASPOOL market area for the next 25 years. Based on the results of the market survey we offered respective capacities to the market during the annual auction on the PRISMA platform in March 2017 with the result that capacities were booked until 2040.

The EUGAL project resulted from this process. Currently, we are in the planning approval process and develop on schedule. GUD, FLUXYS-D and Ontras became co-owners of EUGAL from October 2017.

EUGAL will be linked to the European natural gas infrastructure and lead to higher source competition, security of supply and to an improvement of the European internal market.

Gastech Insights: Why should industry players attend the 2018 European Autumn Gas Conference?

Ludger Hümbs: The EAGC is one of the main gas conferences in Europe and has been for decades, always attended by the important players of the industry. In 2018 the EAGC will set a strong focus on challenges for the business due to decarbonization and CO2 reduction targets and on concepts how to accept such challenges. Furthermore, spotlights will be set in current projects and developments in the industry. There are many good reasons to participate and I look forward to seeing everyone there. 

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