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DB Cargo Supplies Mannesmann Steel Pipes from Salzgitter AG

DB Cargo Supplies Mannesmann Steel Pipes from Salzgitter AG
photo: Deutsche Bahn AG / Oliver Lang/DB Cargo Supplies Mannesmann Steel Pipes from Salzgitter AG
09 / 02 / 2023

Germany is pressing ahead with the restructuring of its energy supply. To ensure that this succeeds in record time, partners from industry, infrastructure and logistics are working hand in hand. Together with Salzgitter AG subsidiary Mannesmann Grossrohr GmbH, DB Cargo is supplying Gasunie Deutschland with the pipes needed to connect the Brunsbüttel LNG import terminal to the Northwest European gas interconnection network. For this purpose, around 3,000 pipes were transported by environmentally friendly rail within a few weeks. The new connection pipeline is also suitable for transporting hydrogen. The Elbehafen in Brunsbüttel is thus developing into a hub for a future-proof and sustainable energy supply. It was now celebrated with the symbolic "final wagon load" by politics and business.

The network operator Gasunie Deutschland is responsible for the construction of the approximately 55-kilometre-long energy transport pipeline. The pipes transported by rail are each 18 metres long, 80 centimetres in diameter and weigh around 5 tonnes per pipe. The pipeline is to go into operation in time for the start of next winter and transport the gas fed in through the floating LNG terminal to the consumer centres. The entire infrastructure is 'H2-ready' - that means: in the future, green hydrogen can be landed here and efficiently piped into the hinterland. For logistics projects, the Elbehafen in Brunsbüttel offers rail freight transport efficient siding. DB Cargo serves the port from the Itzehoe operational centre.

Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport said: "Brunsbüttel stands for a new Germany pace like hardly any other project. In a very short time, thanks to the perfect interplay of logistics, the energy industry and politics, the conditions for a terminal have been created here that will contribute significantly to our independence from Russian energy imports. And not only that: the newly created terminal and pipeline infrastructure at the port of Brunsbüttel can be used not only for LNG imports and distribution but in the long term also for climate-neutral hydrogen production. In this way, we are already ensuring that transport applications and requirements are also provided for when the national distribution infrastructure is designed."

Tobias Goldschmidt, Minister for Energy Transition, Climate Protection, Environment and Nature of the State of Schleswig-Holstein: "The last almost 12 months in Brunsbüttel are a prime example of how good teamwork drives planning and construction of infrastructure. With the imminent connection of Brunsbüttel to the Germany-wide gas grid, Schleswig-Holstein is once again demonstrating that it is one of the guarantors of German supply security. The Brunsbüttel site has what it takes to become an important hub for green energy in Europe. To achieve this, all technical possibilities must now be exhausted. The pipes delivered are already suitable for transporting green hydrogen and were delivered in an environmentally friendly way by rail. That's great because we need to get a lot more traffic onto the railways to reduce the exorbitant climate damage that still emanates from the transport sector."

Dr Sigrid Nikutta, DB Board Member for Freight Transport: "Successful logistics is part of a successful energy transition. In Brunsbüttel, as in Wilhelmshaven, we are demonstrating that rail can also transport unusual goods such as 18-metre-long pipes quickly and easily. It shows the strength of DB Cargo's network with block trains and single-wagon transport. Thanks to our innovative customer Salzgitter AG for this joint, forward-looking project."

Jens Schumann, Managing Director Gasunie Deutschland: "As a network operator, Gasunie stands for security of supply in Germany and Europe - this is particularly true at this time with the threat of a gas shortage that is not yet over. We can only fulfil our mission if we can rely on high-performance partners to do so."

Dr Sebastian Bross, Group Executive of Salzgitter AG: "The LNG terminals and connecting pipelines are of elementary importance for Germany's future energy supply. With its steel and tube products, the Salzgitter Group is making an important contribution to the development of efficient infrastructure. This project is also a prominent example of this, and it shows how important a domestic industrial base is for the functioning of an economy."

Frank Schnabel, Managing Director of Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH: "With the construction of an LNG import infrastructure at the port and industrial site of Brunsbüttel, we are taking an important step towards the future. The construction of the new connection pipeline for LNG and, in the future, green hydrogen, represents another important milestone. Once again, the trimodal Elbe port in Brunsbüttel with its high-performance rail connection is making a fundamental contribution to Germany's energy supply security and the energy transition. As an energy hub with nationwide significance, it is therefore enormously important to further expand the rail connection of the Brunsbüttel site to advance the modal shift to rail."

Sourcez: Deutsche Bahn


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