22 June 2016 | Press release
The energy industry planning approval process for a natural gas compressor station aimed at extending the Northern European Natural Gas Pipeline (NEL) entered its initial phase with the application conference held in the town of Brackel (district of Harburg) in Lower Saxony by the Lower Saxony Office for the Mining Industry, Energy and Geology (LBEG). At the invitation of LBEG yesterday representatives from various public authorities, environmental associations and companies discussed the investigative framework for the required environmental compatibility study.
In order to also inform the public about the project at an early stage, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH presented the project – also on behalf of NEL joint owners Fluxys Deutschland GmbH and NEL Gastransport GmbH – to the citizens of the Brackel community on the eve of the application conference.
The natural gas compressor station represents an integral component of the gas grid development plan for 2016 (NEP 2016), which is currently being coordinated with the Germany Federal Network Agency. The planned facility is of great importance in terms of the future power supply for northwest Europe. It significantly increases the NEL transportation capacity through compression of the gas and thus provides an answer to the changing natural gas situation. This development makes it possible to accommodate additional quantities of natural gas derived from the planned extension of Nord Stream through the already existing Northern European Natural Gas Pipeline. The natural gas will be conducted toward the West without the transport system having to be extended with additional pipelines.