GASCADE Gastransport GmbH: Uniform documentation for a complex EI&C project
The automation centrepiece of the largest European energy infrastructure investment in recent years is located on the Baltic coast in Lubmin (Germany). Here, the Nord Stream Pipeline reaches German soil, supplying the new Lubmin landfall facility near Greifswald with up to 6.6 million m3 of Russian natural gas every hour. The designer and operator of this complex station, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH (a joint venture of BASF and Gazprom), has standardised all documentation for the EI&C technology and committed all its suppliers to adopting EPLAN Electric P8. This results in accurate and reliable documentation across the various systems.
Natural gas is pumped from the Siberian gas fields at the Arctic Circle through Vyborg (Russia) via the Nord Stream Pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Lubmin (Germany), near Greifswald. From there, it is pumped south as far as the Czech Republic through the connecting pipeline OPAL (Baltic Sea Pipeline Link, in German: Ostsee-Pipeline-Anbindungsleitung) and west through the NEL (Northern European Natural Gas Pipeline, in German: Nordeuropäische Erdgasleitung) to storage tanks in Rehden (Germany). A substantial portion and increasing share of the natural gas used in Germany and Western Europe flows through this route.