OMV Taps Siemens for Pipeline Expansion


The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Group has received an order from OMV Gas GmbH, a subsidiary of OMV AG, Vienna, to supply and install electrical equipment for expansion of the West Austria gas pipeline. The order is valued at around six million euros and completion of the project is scheduled for October 2007.

OMV AG is the largest industrial enterprise in Austria to be listed at the stock exchange. Established in 1956, OMV is now the leading integrated oil and natural-gas corporation in central Europe. Its subsidiary, OMV Gas GmbH, operates a natural-gas pipeline network in Austria with a total length of around 2000 kilometers. The transport capacity of the entire pipeline network is 44.5 billion cubic meters per year at the present time and is to be increased to 58.5 billion cubic meters by 2011. This will require expansion of the West Austria gas pipeline (WAG), which runs between the Slovakian border – starting in Baumgarten near Vienna – and the German border near Oberkappel. Within the framework of the “WAG +600” project, existing compressor stations will be expanded, new ones will be erected and new pipeline sections will be built parallel to the existing pipeline.

Siemens is to be supply the electrical equipment and field instrumentation for the Rainbach, Kirchberg and Baumgarten compressor stations, for the Kirchberg-Lichtenau and March-Baumgarten loops and for the valve and pig stations along the pipeline. The equipment consists of low-voltage switchgear installations, converters, transformers, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, including emergency power diesel and battery equipment, as well as fire and gas alarm equipment and systems for local cathodic protection against corrosion. The additional power engineering systems to be incorporated in the Uberackern transfer measuring station will be integrated into the existing infrastructure by Siemens as well. Supply of the instrumentation and installation of the new systems will be carried out in conjunction with the Austrian company Kremsmueller Industrieanlagenbau KG. Siemens is responsible for commissioning of the entire electrical engineering equipment.