LiDAR airborne laser scanning of Nabucco gas pipeline

Sebat Harita

Nabucco pipeline was the new gas bridge from Asia to Europe and the flagship project in the Southern Corridor. It was planned to be a pipeline to connect the world’s richest gas regions – the Caspian region, Middle East and Egypt – to the European consumer markets.

The pipeline was planned to link the Eastern border of Turkey, to Baumgarten in Austria via Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. When completed the 3,900 km pipeline’s annual capacity would have been 31 bcm. The construction of the pipeline was supported by the 2009 Intergovernmental Agreement signed in Ankara in July 2009.

Unfortunately the Nabucco pipeline project, sponsored by the European Union (EU), which was to have transported gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe in order to bypass Russia, was cancelled later on.

The project included the following components:

  • LiDAR laser scanning from helicopter for the planning of the pipeline.
  • Point classification approx. 2 points/m2, line width 1 km

A total of three flying season was required to collect all required data:

  • 2009-10, from Ankara to Europe, total line 750 km (flying seasons 09-12/2009 and 03-04/2010)
  • 2010 from Ankara to Georgian border over difficult topographic conditions, total line1,100 km (flying season 09-12/2010)