Conversion to hydrogen: Bad Lauchstädt energy park starts phase 2
Phase 2 of the conversion of a gas pipeline to hydrogen has begun at the Bad Lauchstädt energy park. The installation of a pre-assembled pig launching station marks the starting point for the future hydrogen transportation network.
The installation of the pig launching station at the site enables optimum control of the pipeline network during operation. It also ensures the technically flawless transportation of hydrogen. The condition of the pipeline can be checked during operation using intelligent measuring probes, known as pigs, which are inserted into the transport pipeline.
Commissioning of the Bad Lauchstädt energy park in 2025
The Bad Lauchstädt energy park is considered an important building block of the hydrogen economy in Germany and covers the entire value chain. In the medium term, it will also serve as the starting point for the planned Germany-wide H2 core network.
Preparations for the conversion of the transport pipeline, which was previously operated with natural gas, began in 2021 and included examining the technical condition of the pipeline and drawing up a list of measures for upgrading it. Technical measures such as replacing fittings and disconnecting the pipeline from the natural gas network were also carried out.
In the coming months, further preparations will be made for the commissioning of the hydrogen pipeline. This includes the construction of a transfer station and the installation of the gas purification and drying plant. Until the Bad Lauchstädt energy park is fully commissioned in 2025, its test transports will follow, which will be scientifically supported by the DBI - Gastechnologisches Institut gGmbH Freiberg.
Consortium of the Bad Lauchstädt energy park
The Bad Lauchstädt Energy Park, located near Leipzig, is a joint project that focuses not only on hydrogen transportation but also on the production, storage and use of this green energy source.
In addition to Ontras, the following companies are also involved in the construction of the energy park: