Salzgitter Group Contracted to Supply Pipes Linking the Wilhelmshaven LNG Terminal

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Salzgitter Group Contracted to Supply Pipes Linking the Wilhelmshaven LNG Terminal

Steel pipes (© Shutterstock/khan3145)
Steel pipes (© Shutterstock/khan3145)

Mannesmann GrossRohr GmbH (MGR), a subsidiary of the Salzgitter AG, has been tasked with the delivery of line pipes for Wilhelmshaven-Pipeline Link (WPL) by the transmission system operator Open Grid Europe GmbH (OGE), a press release published by Salzgitter Group on Wed April 13 stated.
The laying of the pipeline, which is being done on short notice, aims to diversify the sources of gas. Before the end of the second quarter of 2022, pipes for the pipeline project will already be manufactured in the large-diameter pipe mill in Salzgitter. The pipeline project, stretching over 30km, is set to be commissioned before the end of the year.

According to the press release, the first steel for the project has already been smelted at Salzgitter AG's steelworks to adhere to the extremely tight schedule. The vital project shows the successful collaboration between stakeholders, companies, and policymakers.

According to Chief Executive Officer of Salzgitter AG Gunnar Groebler, the company is aware of the pipeline's importance in the future energy supply of Germany; hence they have prioritized it accordingly.
Groebler said that the company is proud of Mannesmann Grosshohr's performance capacity, which has convinced OGE that it can deliver the line pipes quickly and in the right quality.

The pipeline running from the new LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven will connect up to the existing German gas pipeline network at the Etzel cavern facility, where it leads close.

OGE requirements of the MGR line pipes demanded that they be manufactured in a quality that will enable the pipeline to transport hydrogen in the future. Initially, the pipeline will be transporting 10bcm of gas annually from the North Sea coast to the east and south of the country.

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