A long pipeline – reliable heating

Bilfinger has laid a 13.5 kilometer district heating pipeline for German energy supplier Uniper, providing 100,000 homes with heating. The dimensions are impressive.

The insulated system of pipes runs through the Ruhr area from a power plant in the city of Datteln to Recklinghausen. There, it is connected to the district heating network. BIlfinger VAM Anlagentechnik was responsible for planning and executing the largely underground pipeline for the multi-million euro project. The community association constructed a cycle and hiking path over a 6 kilometer section of the pipeline.

The large diameter of the pipes (including 1000mm insulation) – primarily in inner city areas and industrial regions that lay in between – presented a significant challenge for the team. The pipes were laid under extremely difficult conditions due to the tremendous thickness of the media cables already present in these areas. Here, our Austrian colleagues benefited from their longs years of experience in the challenging field of deep piping construction.

Size difference: The Bilfinger colleague illustrates the impressive dimensions of the pipes.
Size difference: The Bilfinger colleague illustrates the impressive dimensions of the pipes.

The project team and the construction site crew are specialized in especially delicate installation conditions. Thanks to careful planning, solid workmanship, and specialist expertise, the experts were able to master each difficult situation. The positive collaboration with the construction company Max Bögl, which was responsible for the foundation engineering work, also contributed to the success of the project. In the meantime, additional energy providers have already indicated their interest in a cooperation.

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