On Wednesday, 21 December 2011, Energinet.dk signed a contract with the Dutch company Visser & Smit Hanab for the construction of the new gas pipeline between Ellund south of the Danish-German border and the town of Egtved.
The preliminary activities (planning and approval of procedures etc.) will start in early January 2012, and Visser & Smit Hanab expects to start actual field work in the beginning of March 2012.
Visser & Smit Hanab has chosen M.J. Eriksson as subcontractor.
The work involves the construction of an approx. 94 km steel pipeline. The pipeline will be built up of 17 m long steel pipes with a diameter of 76 cm. The pipes will be welded together on site and placed in a trench dug into the ground.
The pipeline is bored into the ground when crossing railroad tracks and major roads and waterways.
Natural gas production in the Danish part of the North Sea is declining, and Denmark will no longer be self-sufficient in natural gas in a few years' time. Therefore, Energinet.dk is expanding the gas transmission network in Southern Jutland to facilitate the import of natural gas from Germany.
The expansion of the natural gas network will also increase security of supply as the number of sources and gas suppliers capable of delivering natural gas to Denmark will rise. Also, competition in the gas market will be intensified to the benefit of the consumers.
After the expansion has been completed and the North-German grid have been similarly reinforced, capacity will be 700,000 m3 of natural gas per hour.
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Nina Frøkjær Vendelboe, Head Project Manager, Energinet.dk, firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: +45 2333 8994