In a substantial boost to the national gas infrastructure, the German Gas Transmission System Operators (TSOs) issued the 2014 Network Development Plan highlighting 51 projects confirmed by the German national regulatory authority (BNetzA). 748 km of high pressure pipelines will be built. Compressor capacity will be increased by a total of 343 MW. Such upgrades will total some $2.8 billion by the year 2024.
The infrastructure improvements come during a time of declining Dutch L gas import volumes as well as domestic L gas production. Going forward more emphasis will be placed on wide scale development of H gas alternatives to compensate for the drop in L gas.
Inga Posch, managing director of the association of German Gas TSOs (FNB Gas), said "this third nationwide NDP is a landmark in ensuring the security of supply and an important document aimed at making long-term supplies in Germany and Europe reliable at a time of energy market transition" (Energiewende) .