TENP Pipeline Info

LNG Gateway Into Germany

The capacity of the TENP pipeline offers market participants the opportunity to diversify their supply portfolio for the German market with LNG. With its cross-border interconnection point Eynatten Fluxys TENP provides access to the very liquid Zeebrugge-LNG-terminal of Fluxys in Belgium and to the (Fluxys) Dunkirk LNG terminal in France.

Bidirectional gas transport

Reverse Flow investments

Reverse Flow investments of the TENP pipeline enabled that market participants can use capacity in the TENP-pipeline and the Transitgas-pipeline in Switzerland bidirectionally since October 2018. This bidirectional link improves significantly the security of supply for Switzerland and Germany and connects the Italian virtual gas hub PSV with the gas trading places in Northwest Europe. This will create further opportunities for our shippers to trade natural gas.


Deodorization plant

In December 2020 a deodorization plant near Schwörstadt (Baden-Württemberg) was taken into operation. This was an important milestone in the project of reversing the TENP pipeline.  The plant will, if necessary, remove odorants from gas which enters the TENP pipeline from Switzerland or from France, in order to make the gas compliant with the national requirements for the German gas pipeline network.

More about the deodorization plant (in German)

The Actions "5.10-0010-DE-S-M-15: Reverse Flow on TENP - Study" and "5.10-0031-DE-W-M-15: Reverse Flow on TENP - Works" are co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility.

Reverse Flow

Facts & Figures

The TENP pipeline connects the German gas market with Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. It runs in Germany from Bocholtz at the Dutch border and Eynatten at the Belgian border to Wallbach at the Swiss border, where the TENP pipeline is connected to the Transitgas pipeline. The TENP pipeline is located in the NCG market area.

Partners in the TENP pipeline are Open Grid Europe GmbH (51%) and Fluxys TENP GmbH (49%).


Pipeline route 500 km
Pipeline length 2 strings of 500 km each
Technical available capacity  18.5 bcm North -> South
5.4 bcm South -> North 
Cross-border interconnection points
  • Bocholtz: interconnection point with the Dutch gas grid operated by Gasunie Transport Services B.V. (GTS), integrated into the VIP TTF-NCG-H 
  • Eynatten/Raeren: interconnection point with the Belgian gas grid operated by the sister company Fluxys Belgium SA, integrated into the VIP Belgium-NCG 
  • Wallbach: interconnection point with the Swiss Transitgas pipeline operated by Transitgas AG, integrated into the VIP Germany-CH 
Network connection points in Germany Au am Rhein
Compressor stations Stolberg, Mittelbrunn, Schwarzach and Hügelheim

Deutschland TENP map

Structural Data

Length of the pipeline system

(in accordance with § 27 point (2) No.1 GasNEV)

Pressure Length [km]
High 1,009.96
Medium -
Low -

 

Number of exit points

(in accordance with § 27 point (2) No.4 GasNEV)

Pressure Nr. of exit points
High 22
Medium -
Low -

Length of the high pressure gas pipeline system per diameter class

(in accordance with § 27 point (2) No.2 GasNEV)

Class Length [km]
A 449.73
B 556.95
C 0.32
D 0.02
E 2.57
F 0.34
G 0.03

Annual quantities offtaken

(in accordance with ยง 27 point (2) No.3 GasNEV)

Year Quantity [kWh]
2020 46,522,520,710
2019 67,681,223,941
2018 70,610,454,909
2017 68,343,089,745
2016 64,567,857,194
2015 88,251,408,983
2014 107,173,500,418
2013 70,692,178,505
2012 76,273,443,108
2011 83,405,160,301
2010 72,464,070,116

Simultaneous annual maximum load of all offtakes

(in accordance with § 27 point (2) No.5 GasNEV)

Year Maximum load [MWh] Time
2020 14,989 23/05/2020 
2019 13,375 10/07/2019
2018 14,405 01/03/2018
2017 20,857 19/01/2017
2016 19,870 20/12/2016
2015 19,564 25/11/2015
2014 21,181 23/09/2014
2013 22,650 06/12/2013
2012 17,535 16/02/2012
2011 14,579 29/07/2011
2010 14,863 06/05/2010

Decisive points of Fluxys TENP

Decisive points of Fluxys TENP according to Art. 18 section 4 of the Regulation (EC) 715/2009

Status: 02/2021