03 December, 2013

New pipeline in Denmark assures gas supply to Sweden

A new gas pipeline from Germany to Egtved on Jutland in Denmark will mean that customers in Sweden will also have assured gas supplies in the future. At present almost all gas for Denmark and Sweden comes from the North Sea field, where reserves are dwindling.

Energinet, the Danish electricity and gas provider, has invested in a new gas infrastructure with support from the EU, marking a further step towards an integrated energy market.

"Gas supplies to the Swedish market are now even more assured with the pipeline from Germany and construction of the new compressor station at Egtved," states Lars Gustafsson, Swedegas Chief Executive. "Natural gas accounts for around 20 per cent of energy supplies in south-west Sweden. It is mainly industry and combined heat and power plants."

Market integration and the environment
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in the autumn, Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, stated that the increased market integration between the two Scandinavian countries and the rest of Europe is a key objective for the EU, which has granted EUR 100 million to support the project. But even more important is that we are now building a bridge to a greener future. 

The compressor station and a new pipeline link will play a crucial role in Denmark if the country is to achieve its renewable energy target in 2050. Wind power facilities, for example, only generate in windy conditions although electricity from wind power can be converted into gas, stored in pipelines and used when there is no wind. 

Parallel expansion in Germany 
The pipeline is 94 km long and runs from Ellund at the German border to Egtved on Jutland in Denmark. It has the capacity to transport 700,000 cubic metres of gas per hour. Expansion of the gas grid is also taking place on the German side of the border to ensure that gas exports from Germany and the rest of Europe will be sufficient to satisfy demand in Denmark and Sweden. 

The compressor station at Egtved can maintain the necessary pressure in the system to satisfy Swedish and Danish requirements as production of gas in the Danish part of the North Sea gradually decreases and eventually stops.

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