The construction of e Wilhelmshaven connecting pipeline that will import LNG via Wilhelmshaven and transport it to storage caverns in Etzel in the municipality of Friedeburg in Lower Saxon in Germany has commenced. The first pipes from Salzgitter AG’s subsidiary Mannesmann Grossrohr are already being supplied. Since the almost 30 km long pipeline is to be taken into operation before the year is out, the pipes were produced in the large-diameter pipe mill in Salzgitter before the end of the second quarter.Salzgitter AG subsidiary Mannesmann Line Pipe GmbH is contributing additional pipes for the LNG project.The pipeline from the new LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven leads close by the Etzel cavern facility where it will be integrated into the existing German gas pipeline network. From there, initially up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year can be transported from the North Sea coast to the south and east of the country. In line with OGE requirements, the MGR line pipes are manufactured so as to enable hydrogen to be transported via the pipeline in the future.