Vermilion carried out drillings from this location in 2009 and 2017. The drillings have shown that there is recoverable natural gas in the subsurface. Vermilion now wants to produce this natural gas. For this, the location must be connected to the existing pipeline network and the right production facilities must be installed at the location. In the second half of 2022, we will therefore be more present in your area.

Natural gas for Dutch households and businesses

Vermilion will soon produce natural gas from its location near Nieuwehorne. For this purpose, the former test drilling location will be converted into a production location. The pipeline is needed to transport the natural gas from this location to our gas treatment station in Garijp. Here, after treatment, the gas is transferred to Gasunie and ends up in Dutch households and companies. It is expected that we will start gas production at the beginning of 2023.

Activities in the area

From the end of August to the end of November, we will carry out activities for the construction of the new pipeline. Installation is done in one go. This means that work will take approximately 3 months on the entire route (depending on the weather conditions). After the pipe has been laid, the working strip is neatly cleared and the soil is returned to its original state. The pipeline is then buried in the ground and is not visible. Due to weather conditions, the final finishing of the ground may take place in the spring of 2023. We do everything we can to ensure that local residents and nature are inconvenienced as little as possible by our activities. An ecologist monitors nature, the activities are monitored by our employees in the field and reports are made to the supervisor.

Construction of pipeline with as little inconvenience as possible

During the work, a work strip of 25 meters wide will be placed along the route for the excavation of the new steel pipe. The pipe has a diameter of 12 cm and comes to a depth of 1.50-1.75 meters below ground level. This section has been fenced off during the work, a temporary roadway will be constructed and the existing vegetation will be removed. Furthermore, a trench is dug which, if necessary, is drained to keep the groundwater out of the trench. The pipe is lifted into this trench with cranes.

Many activities will be visible around the route, such as excavators and employees. To and from the route, several transport movements per day can take place in the area during the work. The work for the construction of the pipeline is as much as possible during the day, but can occasionally also take place in the evening and at night, using local lighting.

With attention to nature

The new pipeline passes a few roads and the Ketliker Skar. The pipeline passes under the nature reserve at a depth of 7 to 9 meters below ground level with a horizontal directional drilling. In this way, activities, such as excavations, are prevented within the nature reserve.

The new pipeline, with a length of 900 meters, is drilled here in one piece. Therefore, the pipe parts must first be completely explained above ground and welded together. Then the pipe is pulled into the drilled hole. The work for this horizontal directional drilling takes about 10 days.

When passing the roads, for example in front of the entrance to the location, the horizontal directional drilling takes place at a depth of approximately 3 meters below ground level. Here the drilling takes 2 days each time. The work for the horizontal directional drilling continues in one piece and takes place day and night. The activities are illuminated locally and you may experience inconvenience from this.

Preparing the location

The location on the Vogelweide near Nieuwehorne goes from a test drilling location to a production location. That is why production facilities are being set up. In order to prepare the site for production, construction work on the site is required. Solar panels will also be installed at the location, of which the electricity generated is intended for the production location. Most of the work is carried out from mid-November until before Christmas. Prior to this, there are occasional preparatory work at the location. The activities at the Nieuwehorne location only take place during the day.

Vermilion puts energy into your sustainable environment

Vermilion pays attention to the environment in which we operate. For example, we have an Environmental Fund that focuses on local projects that accelerate the energy transition. Associations and foundations are welcome to apply to us for sustainability projects.

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