WEDAL Gas Pipeline

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WEDAL Gas Pipeline (Westdeutschland-Anbindungsleitung, or "Western Germany connection pipeline") is an operating gas pipeline in Germany.[1]


The pipeline runs from the Verdichterstation Lippe in Bad Salzuflen to the Belgian border near Aachen, where it connects with the Belgian gas network in Raeren, about 500 m across the border in Belgium.[2] The WEDAL pipeline connects with the MIDAL Gas Pipeline in Bad Salzuflen; with the Trans-Europa Naturgas Pipeline near Aachen; and with the Belgian gas network in Eynatten/Raeren.[3][4]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Gascade Gastransport GmbH
  • Owner: Gascade Gastransport GmbH
  • Parent Company: BASF (50%) and Gazprom (50%)
  • Current capacity: 10 billion cubic meters per year
  • Length: 236 kilometers
  • Diameter: 800 mm[5]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1998


Wingas (now Gascade), the natural gas joint venture between BASF's Wintershall subsidiary and Gazprom of Russia, completed the construction of the 320-kilometer WEDAL Gas Pipeline in 1998. It connects the gas transmission system of Gascade to Belgium’s gas pipeline network and then to the Interconnector gas pipeline running from continental Europe to the UK across the North Sea.[6][7]

The WEDAL pipeline was constructed in two sections and put into operation between June 1996 and October 1998. The first section of the WEDAL, which was completed in January 1997, starts at Bad Salzuflen and stretches to Soest in Westphalia. In October 1998 the second section of the 800 mm diameter pipeline was connected to the grid. This enables natural gas to be transported from Soest right across the state of North Rhine Westphalia to the Belgian border at Aachen. The underwater pipeline which crosses the River Rhine at Cologne.[1]


SciGrid's IGG dataset refers the the pipeline as INET_PL_7800, INET_PL_7801, and INET_PL_7802.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 WEDAL, Gascade, accessed April 2018.
  2. Gasfernleitungsnetz mit Ein- und Ausspeisepunkten, Gascade, Dec. 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Diettrich, Pluta, Medrjoubi (July 23, 2020). "The combined IGG gas transmission network data set". DLR Institute for Networked Energy Systems. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (October 2020). "TYNDP 2020 - MAP – Transmission" (PDF). ENTSOG. Retrieved December 4, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "GASCADE Gastransport: WEDAL". (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2022-07-21.
  6. Wingas completes WEDAL natural gas pipeline, ICIS, October 16, 1998
  7. Germany,Gazprom, accessed April, 2018

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