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 Central Europe Pipeline System (CEPS)

by Droelfzehn     Germany > Nordrhein-Westfalen > Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt

N 50° 41.015' E 007° 09.465' (WGS84)

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 Hidden on: 15 July 2017
 Published on: 15 July 2017
 Last update: 17 November 2017
 Listing: https://opencaching.de/OC135B7

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The Central Europe Pipeline System (alternatively Central European Pipeline System), or CEPS for short, is one of several NATO Pipeline Systems and is used to deliver fuel for air and ground vehicles around Europe. Originally conceived for military purposes, it was to aid in safe and quick distribution of fuel for military purposes around Europe. The system consists of over 5,314 kilometres (3,302 mi) of pipeline running through Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Besides these host countries, the system is also used by the United States military.

The route of the undergound pipelines are marked with red-white resp. orange-white striped poles which are placed within eyeshot and/or if the pipeline crosses a road or river.

Choosind the D/T-rating was difficult because I'd found hard to spot and reach markers that would fit D3/T4 as well as the marker in the sample pictures which is a D1/T1 drive through (you don't even have to leave the car).

I think D2/T2 is a fair compromise. If "your" marker is above that rating: Simply ENJOY!

 

Logging requirements

  1. Find one of the red-white resp. orange-white striped poles, that mark the route of the underground CEPS-pipeline and take a picture that shows the pipeline marker as well as yourself or a personal item, such as your GPS or a geocoin etc.
    It must be visible that the marker belongs to the CEPS.
     
  2. Please note the coordinates of the pole in your log.
     
  3. a) One log per account only
    b) One log per marker only (Exception: Teamlogs)
     
  4.  OPTIONAL: What would you D/T-rate the CEPS-marker you'd found?
     

Sample pictures (N49° 55.048' E008° 22.136)

Beispielfoto 1

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Das Central Europe Pipeline System (CEPS)

The Central Europe Pipeline System (alternatively Central European Pipeline System), or CEPS for short, is one of several NATO Pipeline Systems and is used to deliver fuel for air and ground vehicles around Europe. Originally conceived for military purposes, it was to aid in safe and quick distribution of fuel for military purposes around Europe. The system consists of over 5,314 kilometres (3,302 mi) of pipeline running through Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Besides these host countries, the system is also used by the United States military.

Main feeder routes are:

  • Marseilles–Lyon–Langres–Nancy–Zweibrücken
  • Amsterdam–Liège–Trier-Karlsruhe
  • Le Havre/Dunkirk–Cambrai–Aachen/Reims–Belfort

A similar system exists for the Northern European countries, known as the Northern European Pipeline System (NEPS).

 


History

The pipeline system was founded in the late 1950s by NATO being funded as part of the NATO Common Infrastructure Program, with the various participating countries already having some of the infrastructure and capabilities required to operate such a system.

In the 1980s, the pipeline was attacked several times by terrorist organizations. The Belgian communist terrorist organisation Communist Combatant Cells carried out five bombings against the pipeline on 11 December 1984, and one more attack on 6 December 1985. Earlier that year, in April 1985, a bomb attack was carried out against a part of the pipeline in Southern-Germany by Red Army Faction sympathisers.

At the end of the Cold War the system was significantly reduced as various military airports that used the system were closed, such as Bitburg Air Base and Soesterberg Air Base. However, in some other places expansion of the pipeline continued and in October 2008 construction of 80 kilometres (50 mi) of additional pipeline was completed between Aalen and Leipheim.

Since 1959, excess capacity of the pipeline may be used by civilian users. Currently, around 90% of the fuel transported through the system is for civilian users, customers including various large European airports such as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Brussels Airport, Frankfurt am Main Airport, Luxembourg-Findel International Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport and Zürich Airport.

The operating company for German territory is Fernleitungsbetriebsgesellschaft GmbH (FBG) headquartered in Bad Godesberg and established in 1956. FBG is a parent of Industrieverwaltungsgesellschaft (IVG). In war times, it is operated by the armed forces of the NATO countries where the part of the pipeline is located.

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CEPS-Pfosten 1/3
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CEPS-Pfosten 2/3
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Log entries for CEPS-Safari    Found 8x Not found 0x Note 2x

Found 30 August 2019 fuwo found the geocache

Nach dem Fund eines GC-Tradis in der Nähe der Major-Karl-Plagge-Kaserne fand ich neben einer Verbindungsstraße zwischen Pfungstadt und Seeheim diesen Pfosten bei ca. N 49°47.167' E 008° 37.162' - es war eher D1/T1.

Danke für den Cache - fuwo

Pictures for this log entry:
Pfosten 1Pfosten 1
Pfosten 2Pfosten 2

Found 07 April 2019 pingo21 found the geocache

Diese Pipelines waren mir total unbekannt. Als ich auf diese Safari aufmerksam gemacht wurde, kamen mir dieselben Gedanken, die schon Hardy_Rodgau im Dezember 2018 geloggt hatte. Nun habe ich durch dieser Aufgabe wieder etwas dazu gelernt, danke dafür. "Mein" rot-weißer Pfosten steht in der Nähe der Brenz bei N48 32.757 E10 19.841.

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Blick entlang der PipelineBlick entlang der Pipeline
Markier-PfostenMarkier-Pfosten
in der Nähe sah man die Wolke vom AKW Gundremmingenin der Nähe sah man die Wolke vom AKW Gundremmingen

Found 12 March 2019 dogesu found the geocache

Vorab hate ich schon recherchiert, wo nach diesen Pflosten zu suchen ist, doch erst heute konnte ich bei Leipheim zwei dieser rot geringelten entdecken. Wie es von hier zum ehemaligen Fliegerhorst Leibpheim weitergeht, ist aber unklar, ich konnte jedenfalls in dieser Richtung keinen weiteren Pfosten mehr sichten. Das Fliegerhorstgelände ist aufgelöst und wird allmählich mit Industriegebäuden zugebaut. Das naheliegenede Fliegerhorstmuseum ist aber allemal sehenswert.

N 48 27.111 E 10 14.984

Danke für die Safari-Aufabe, dogesu

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Blick Richtung LeipheimBlick Richtung Leipheim
CEPS-Pfosten zwischen Günzburg und LeipheimCEPS-Pfosten zwischen Günzburg und Leipheim

Note 09 December 2018 Hardy_Rodgau wrote a note

Durch Zufall habe ich diesen SAFARI Cache entdeckt.

Ein tolles "System", bei dem im Verteidigungsfall offen sichtbare rot/weiße Pfosten anzeigen, wo man hinballern muss, damit dem gegnerischen Militär der "Saft" ausgeht.

Gibt es in der ganzen "Militär-cloud" eigentlich noch Leute, die nachdenken können? Das waren meine ersten Gedanken, als ich das hier entdeckte.

Für die Bundeswehr, ein milliardenschweres "Hobby" der jeweiligen Regierung, ist das eher irrelevant. Die haben zwar Flugzeuge (und sogar Schiffe, Panzer, usw.), aber kaum welche die wirklich fliegen können. Da braucht man dann auch keinen Sprit mehr. Nur schade um die Umwelt, wenn der Saft ausläuft.

Found 14 October 2018, 17:19 Bambina2 found the geocache

N 50°49.982
E 007° 09.494

Heute beim Sonntags Ausflug entdeckt.

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WahnerheideWahnerheide