Technical Parameters

MEGAL pipeline system

The MEGAL pipeline system is provided with a bi-directional cross border point at the German-Czech border in Waidhaus, at the German-French border in Medelsheim as well as at the bi-directional cross border point at the German-Austrian border in Oberkappel. A further crossing point – Gernsheim – joins Gaspool’s market area since January 2014. The MEGAL pipeline system consists of two pipelines: the MEGAL Nord (North) pipeline and the MEGAL Süd (South) pipeline which are connected via a connection line between Schwandorf and Rothenstadt that has a length of 40 km.

The MEGAL Nord pipeline comprises two parallel pipelines with a respective length of 460 km. The MEGAL Nord is connecting the two cross border points Waidhaus and Medelsheim as well as the market area crossing point Gernsheim. Four compressor stations are currently required for its operation. These compressor stations enable a bi-directional gas flow. The pipeline is operated at a pressure of maximum 84 bar between Waidhaus and Renzenhof and maximum 80 bar between Renzenhof and Medelsheim.

The MEGAL Süd pipeline consists of two pipelines. The first pipeline has a length of 169 km and is connecting Oberkappel at the Austrian border and Schwandorf in Bavaria. The pipeline is operated at a pressure of maximum 67.5 bar. The parallel pipeline between Windberg and Schwandorf has a length of 72 km and was exposed in 2012. The parallel pipeline is operated at a pressure until 100 bar. The two compressor stations that are operated enable a bi-directional gas flow.

Annual peak load and withdrawn capacity in MWh (Update 11.12.2018)

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2017: 65.097 (18.10.2017, 08:00) 
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2017: -299.161.187
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2017: -225.322.777

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2016: 67.336 (22.01.2016, 11:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2016: -344.903.218
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2016: -234.041.667 

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2015: 62.843 (25.11.2015, 18:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2015: -367.897.603
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2015: -231.223.430

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2014: 64.339 (03.07.2014, 16:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2014: -396.942.666
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2014: -249.733.406

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2013: 62.921 (03.07.2013, 09:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2013:  -374.886.826
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2013: -216.711.096

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2012: 61.058 (26.01.2012, 10:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2012:  -353.103.839
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2012: -207.367.703

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2011: 57.563 (24.01.2011, 12:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2011: -375.267.708
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2011: -247.370.058

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2010: 57.522 (27.10.2010, 19:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2010: -348.111.524
Thereof to downstream system operators in MWh in 2010: -210.848.699

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2009: 51.233 (24.12.2009, 16:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2009: -240.818.172

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2008: 50.221 (24.12.2008, 17:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2008: -298.162.535

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2007: 50.725 (06.12.2007, 19:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2007: -299.926.643

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2006: 65.223 (06.11.2006, 15:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2006: -316.237.979

Simultaneous hourly annual peak load in MWh in 2005: 50.880* (14.11.2005, 15:00)
Withdrawn annual capacity in MWh in 2005: -90.987.256*

* GRTgaz Deutschland has occupied the position of TSO since October 2005. Therefore, the data refer to the period between October and December 2005.