Hanover, 16 December 2010 | Press release
Northbound Direction of flow to safeguard Danish security of supply
Hanover, 16 December 2010. During the continuing frosty days of the last weeks all over Northern Europe huge volumes of natural gas are flowing at the moment for the first time in reversed direction from Germany to Denmark. A maximum value of about 200,000 cubic meters per hour has been reached as of 24 November. “Thus, German transmission system operators contribute significantly to the security of supply in Denmark”, states Jens Schumann, CEO of Gasunie Deutschland.
The Danish natural gas production from the North Sea is in the state of decline during the last years. Until now Danish natural gas has been nearly exclusively transported to Germany via natural gas pipeline DEUDAN, a joint venture of Gasunie Deutschland, Open Grid Europe, Essen, and DONG Energy Pipelines, Kiel. The reverse of the previous southbound flow direction was realized by technical adaptions of existing transport installations of DEUDAN as of 1 October 2010.
Gasunie plans to respond further to the changing gas supply situation in Scandinavia with a substantial expansion of cross border transport capacities. “To secure the supply situation both for Northern Germany and our Northern European neighbours in Denmark and Sweden for the future there is a growing demand for gas supply from other sources like the Netherlands, Norway as well as Russia”, outlines Jens Schumann. Gasunie plans to invest 1 - 1.5 billion euros. The investment budgets are currently in the phase of review and approval by the German regulation authority Bundesnetzagentur, after which Gasunie can take it’s final investment decision.
The European Union highly prioritizes the extension of international gas transport capacities between Germany, Denmark and Sweden in order to enhance competition in an integrating European gas market.
For further information contact:
Dr. Philipp v. Bergmann-Korn (+49 (0) 511 640 607 2146)
Company Profile Gasunie Deutschland
Gasunie Deutschland is responsible for the management, operating and development of a pipeline network with a total length of about 3,200 Kilometres in Northern Germany. Gasunie Deutschland is an affiliate of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie with Headquarters at Groningen.