MEGAL Gas Pipeline

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MEGAL Gas Pipeline, also called the Waidhaus - Meddelsheim Pipeline, is an operating natural gas pipeline in Germany.[1]


The main leg of the pipeline, MEGAL Nord, runs from Waidhaus, on the border with Czechia, through Rothenstadt, Renzenhof, Rimpar, Gernsheim, and Mittelbrunn, to Medelsheim, on the border with France. A second leg of the pipeline, MEGAL Süd, runs from Oberkappel, on the border with Austria, to Schwandorf.

MEGAL Nord connects with the Czech gas system at Waidhaus; with the Werne-Schlüchtern-Rimpar Gas Pipeline at Rimpar; with the MIDAL Gas Pipeline, the METG Pipeline, and the Werne-Gernsheim Gas Pipeline at Gernsheim; with the Trans Europa Naturgas Pipeline at Mittelbrunn; and with the French gas system at Medelsheim. MEGAL Süd connects via a spur to MEGAL Nord from Schwandorf to Rothenstadt, and to the West Austria Gas Pipeline at Oberkappel.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Mittel-Europäische-Gasleitungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
  • Parent Company: Open Grid Europe (51%), GRTgaz (49%)
  • Current capacity: 22 billion cubic meters per year
  • Length: 693 miles / 1,115 kilometers
  • Diameter: 35 inches, 47 inches[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1980


The pipeline transports natural gas from the Czech–German and Austrian–German borders to the German–French border.[3] Construction started in 1975 when Ruhrgas and Gaz de France formed a partnership (Mittel-Europäische-Gasleitungsgesellschaft, or MEGAL) for transportation of Russian natural gas to France and southern Germany. The pipeline was commissioned in 1980.[4] The pipeline cost €634 million.[5]

In July 2009, the European Commission fined GDF Suez, now Engie, and E.ON €553 million each due to collusion on the MEGAL pipeline. Commission officials claimed there was a deal between the two groups’ predecessor companies – Gaz de France and Ruhrgas – not to sell gas sent via MEGAL into each other's home markets dating from the mid-1970s. The Commission alleged that the companies maintained these arrangements after European gas markets were liberalized despite knowing that the 1975 deal violated competition rules.[5] They were at the time the second largest fines imposed by the European Commission and the first on the energy sector.[5][6] The decision was contested by both companies, who argued that the business rules in 1975 differed from those of today.[6][7]

Technical description

The whole pipeline system is 1,115 km (693 mi) long.[8] It comprises two pipelines—MEGAL Nord and MEGAL Süd. The MEGAL Nord pipeline consists of two parallel pipelines with a length of 459 km (258 mi) and 449 km (279 mi) from Waidhaus to Medelsheim. It is operated at a pressure of 80 bar (1160 psi), which is secured by three compressor stations.[8] The capacity of the pipeline is 22 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year, or a little more than 60 million cubic meters per day.[3]

The 167-km (104-mi) long MEGAL Süd pipeline between Oberkappel and Schwandorf is operated at a pressure of 67.5 bar, which is secured by two compressor stations. The connecting pipeline between MEGAL Nord and MEGAL Süd is 40-km (25-mi) long and it is connected in Rothenstadt and Schwandorf.[8]

The MEGAL pipeline crosses the Trans Europa Naturgas Pipeline and the Remich pipeline at Mittelbrunn, the SETG (pipeline from the German-Dutch border) at Gernsheim, and the pipeline going to the Ruhr Industrial Area at Rimpar.[8]

Articles and resources


  1. MEGAL pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed April 2018
  2. Germany, Netherlands and Czech Republic Pipelines map, Theodora, accessed January 30, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 Amarendra Bhushan (2009-07-08). "European Union fines E.On AG and GDF Suez euro 553 million each for Megal pipeline for breaking antitrust regulations". CEOWORLD Magazine. Lucentbyte Media Technologies. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  4. "Landmarks in history". Gazprom Export. Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2008-06-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Nikki Tait (2009-07-08). "Brussels fines GDF and Eon €1.1bn". Financial Times. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ian Traynor (2009-07-08). "Brussels levies €1.1bn fine on gas pact pair". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  7. Peter Dinkloh; Marie Maitre; Muriel Boselli (2009-07-08). "EU cracks down on gas dominance of E.ON, GDF Suez". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "MEGAL Pipeline System". GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH. Archived from the original on 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2010-03-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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