Natural gas route

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The natural gas route or natural gas route describes the course or project for the construction of a natural gas pipeline , i.e. a pipeline for the transport of natural gas . It rarely leads from the source area of ​​a natural gas reservoir directly to the consumer, but mostly connects a production area via several compressor stations, also known as compressor stations, as well as distribution stations to the consumers. A natural gas pipeline often extends over many thousands of kilometers.

Soviet natural gas routes as projects of the GDR

In the case of the construction of natural gas pipelines from the Soviet Union to Western Europe with the participation of workers from the former GDR, the term natural gas line is a special collective term for these projects. They were carried out as central youth objects of the FDJ of the then state youth organization Free German Youth (FDJ). The GDR construction section of the Soyuz (Union) natural gas pipeline from Orenburg (Western Siberia) to Uzhhorod ( Ukrainian SSR ) from 1975 to 1978 was also known as the Druzhba route (Druzhba, Druzhba, Russian for friendship). The gas pipelines built from 1982 to the end of the GDR in 1990, which were supposed to transport gas from the Urengoy gas field from Novy Urengoy (northwest Siberia ) to Western Europe, functioned under the name Central Youth Object of the FDJ “Natural Gas Route” . Tens of thousands of workers, employees and engineers were involved in these projects.

After 1990 the work was carried out under the conditions of the market economy (until 1998), albeit with significantly less effort and personnel.

The route builders are still actively connected today and meet at various route meetings and also communicate with one another in social networks.