Central Europe Pipeline System (CEPS) Programme


The NATO Central Europe Pipeline System (CEPS) Programme manages the operation, financing and maintenance of an integrated, cross-border fuel pipeline and storage system in support of NATO’s operational military requirements during peacetime, crisis and conflicts, including expeditionary operations. The CEPS Programme Board is the governing body for the CEPS Programme and consists of representatives from the CEPS member Nations.


The CEPS Programme member nations are Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, and the United States. The member nations with CEPS assets within their territory are called the Host Nations and comprise: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg and the Netherlands.

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Council has permitted that the CEPS is used for non-military purposes. All non-military contracts must include the 'Military Priority Clause' which clearly provides for the priority use of the CEPS for military purposes at all times.


The day-to-day pipeline operations and maintenance is executed by four National Organisations and their respective dispatching centers. The CEPS Programme Office assures operational, technical, budgetary and administrative control of the CEPS in peace- and wartime in accordance with the Charter of the NATO Support Organisation.


Each Host Nation is responsible for its organisational system. This is undertaken by a National Organisation, responsible for the operations, maintenance, administration and legal support in each country:

  • Belgian Pipeline Organisation, the BPO (Belgium and Luxemburg)
  • Service National des Oléoducs Interalliés, the SNOI (France)
  • Fernleitungs- Betriebsgesellschaft, the FBG (Germany)
  • Defensie Pijpleiding Organisatie, the DPO (The Netherlands)

CEPS Programme Office

The CEPS Programme Office coordinates and designs the planning of cross-border traffic, the use of the storage capacities, and manages product quality control. It is responsible for operational, technical and financial control, as well as the coordination of business developments. Operations run on a 24/7 basis, with the CEPS Programme Office serving as the intermediary between National Organisations, NATO authorities, suppliers and clients.

The programme is run under the direction of a Programme Manager who also participates in the strategic planning of the evolution of CEPS.

Mr. Marc D. THORESON is the CEPS Programme Manager. The Programme has a professional team of 40 people and is structured in three different Departments of expertise:

  • The CEPS Programme Technical Department manages the restoration and optimisation of the CEPS and coordinates all technical issues with the Nations and NATO.
  • The CEPS Programme Business Department interacts daily with suppliers (refineries and import depots) and with military and non-military clients (airbases and airports, depots and industrial plants), plans international pipeline movements and storage activity, and is responsible for the quality control of the product in the CEPS.
  • Under the guidance of the NSPA Financial Controller and Corporate Support & Plans Director, the CEPS Programme Department of Finance and Personnel manages the financial requirements of the CEPS and the tasks involving personnel policy.

In addition, the overall logistics support for the Programme Office is the responsibility of the General Services section.

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NATO Pipeline Systems: From the sea to the sky

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Interview: Jan Fledderus