West Austria Gas Pipeline

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West Austria Gas Pipeline (WAG) is an operating gas pipeline system in Austria between the Austrian natural gas hub near Baumgarten an der March near the border with Slovakia and Oberkappel on the border with Germany.[1]


The West Austria Gas Pipeline runs from the Baumgarten natural gas hub near Baumgarten an der March on the Austrian-Slovak border, through Lower Austria and Upper Austria to Oberkappel on the border with Germany.[2][3]

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Project Details

  • Owner: OMV (51%), AS Gasinfrastruktur GmbH (49%)
  • Current capacity: 1,063.55 million cubic feet per day[4]
  • Length: 245.1 km / 152.3 mi
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1980[2]


The pipeline is operated by Gas Connect Austria , a joint venture of OMV (51%) and AS Gasinfrastruktur GmbH (49%). It runs from Baumgarten, north of the Danube, via the Waldviertel and Mühlviertel to the west, where it passes the border to Germany in Oberkappel and meets the MEGAL-South. In Oberkappel there is also a connection to the leading south to Burghausen Penta-West. The construction took place in the 1970s, the commissioning in 1980.

The 245.1 km pipeline, with a diameter of DN 800 mm, will be supplemented to approximately 140 km by a second parallel pipeline with nominal width DN1200. It can be operated in both directions with a nominal pressure of 70 bar. The main transport direction is from east to west, transporting Russian natural gas to Austria, Germany and France. It has a capacity of more than 1 million m³ / h ((at 0 ° C) or about 700,000 Nm / h in the opposite direction as of December 2011. Compressor stations at the WAG exist in Baumgarten, Kirchberg am Wagram (since 2008), Rainbach im Mühlkreis (since 2008), Neustift / Oberkappel (since 2011).

There are two expansion projects, WAG Plus 600 and WAG Expansion 3. WAG Plus 600 includes the expansion of compressor stations and parallel pipelines from 2006 onwards which resulted in a capacity expansion from the 1st quarter of 2011. At the same time, the expansion of the Penta-West was also completed. "Phase 1" was the construction of the loop line from Kirchberg to Lichtenau and from March to Baumgarten in the period from May 2007 to May 2008. Under WAG Expansion 3, three additional parallel lines with a length of 63.2 km were built in stages from 1 August 2011 to November 2013, with the aim of increasing the transport capacities by 230,000 Nm³ / h in each direction. Section 1, with a length of 18.2 km between Enzersfeld and Sierndorf, was started on 1 August 2011. Construction on the 27.6 km section 2 ran from 4 June 2012 until the end of the year. It leads from Lichtenau, Rastenfeld, Waldhausen to Großgöttfritz and on to Zwettl, Groß Gerungs to Rapottenstein. Section 3 between Rainbach and Bad Leonfelden with a length of 17.2 km was started in autumn 2011.

Articles and resources


  1. [West Austria Gasleitung, Wikipedia, February 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 "West-Austria pipeline: Gas Connect". www.gasconnect.at. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  3. European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (October 2020). "TYNDP 2020 - MAP – Transmission" (PDF). ENTSOG. Retrieved December 4, 2020.

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