15 April 2011

In Germany, construction of the NEL pipeline has begun

In the German region Mecklenburg - Vorpommern construction of the NEL pipeline began at the western outlet of the ground-based Nord Stream.

The NEL pipeline which is a total length of 440 kilometres will run from the point where the Nord Stream pipeline exits to land in Lubmin to Rehden in Lower Saxony, where the gas will be directed either into an underground gas storage facility, or into the transport system of the Dutch company, Gasunie. According to preliminary calculations, the capacity of the link will be 20 billion cubic meters per year. This will allow Russian gas to be supplied to Germany as well as to Denmark, Holland, Belgium and the UK.

The construction of the NEL pipeline is carried out by Wingas (70%), Gasunie (20%) and E. ON Ruhrgas (10%).

In August 2010, a memorandum of understanding was signed which allowed the Belgian company Fluxys to join the construction of the project. Commissioning of the NEL gas link is scheduled for late 2012, after completion of the second branch of the Nord Stream project.

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