Europipe secures order for German LNG/hydrogen pipeline

Europipe says it has received an early order from Open Grid Europe (OGE), Essen, for the supply of large-diameter pipes for the Etzel-Wardenburg (EWA) and Wardenburg-Drohne (WAD) projects in Lower Saxony.

The two partial pipelines will create the necessary transport capacities to deliver quantities of liquefied natural gas from the Wilhelmshaven LNG terminal to consumers in the south. The realisation of the two sections of the 138 km long pipeline is planned for 2024-25. OGE has placed the order in time so that it can implement the projects on schedule, Kallanish hears from the German producer of large-diameter pipes.

The 40-inch (1,016 mm) and 48-inch (1,219 mm) steel pipes will be manufactured at the Europipe plant in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The coating of the pipes will be carried out at its subsidiary Mülheim Pipecoatings.

To enable the transportation of alternative energies, all pipes supplied will be suitable for the subsequent transportation of hydrogen, Europipe notes. The steel for pipe production will be supplied by the Europipe shareholders, Salzgitter and Dillinger.

Europipe has also announced the appointment of Carsten Schmickler as new managing director to head the company together with Roger Menneking. Schmickler will be in charge of sales and finance.

Christian Koehl Germany