In the first half of 2018, GUD transported 83 TWh of gas (2017: 99 TWh). The capacity utilisation at the Nord Stream entry point in Greifswald was 50%, compared to almost full utilisation in the first half of 2017. The volume at the entry point for North Sea gas in Emden and Dornum was approx. 18 TWh less than in the first half of 2017. This was to some extent due to the cancellation of capacity contracts at the border transits of Greifswald and Ellund. The revenue from sales of transport capacity in the first half of 2018 was therefore less than expected.
Current requests for new network connections, including those for a planned LNG terminal near Hamburg (Brunsbüttel) and a Volkswagen power plant in Wolfsburg, are fully in development. Volkswagen has now confirmed its decision to invest in a power plant project. The GLNG consortium will make a definitive decision on investment in the planned LNG terminal at the end of 2019. GUD has already started the permit procedures for both projects.
GASPOOL gas trading platform
From January to May 2018, the volume traded on the GASPOOL virtual gas trading platform was 758 TWh, a significant increase compared to the same period in 2017 (682 TWh). This was due to the low temperatures during this period.
Due to declining production of low-calorific gas, end-user installations in Germany need to be made suitable for high-calorific gas. With this in mind, GUD has developed a programme over recent years to ensure optimum use of the gas transport network, and to be able to guarantee transport security.
The first conversion projects have been completed successfully. An area to the east of Hanover (Großburgwedel - Peine) was converted in the first half of 2018. The Bremen conversion has started, and will continue until 2019.