24 May 2012

Full load testing successfully completed at Nord Stream gas pipeline

Today the gas pipeline's first string at the North Stream gas pipeline was operational fully loaded supplying.

In the last three days the gas pipeline's first string was operational fully loaded supplying 75 million cubic meters of gas per day, that correlates with the annual design capacity of 27.5 million cubic meters. The full load tests comply with industry-wide standards for gas pipeline safety and reliability.

The tests will continue for another three weeks. During the tests, the Nord Stream gas pipeline will continue to supply gas to European partners under contracts signed.

"The tests showed that all systems are working normally. The offshore gas pipeline and onshore infrastructure of Unified Gas Supply System of Russia are ready to provide the maximum amount of gas through the Nord Stream pipeline to our European customers in the coming autumn and winter period", – Alexey Miller noted.

Background information

The Nord Stream gas pipeline is a fundamentally new route for Russian gas exports to Europe. The pipeline passes across the Baltic Sea from Portovaya Bay (near Vyborg) to the German coast (near Greifswald). The pipeline is over 1,200 km.

The Nord Stream is being implemented by joint venture Nord Stream AG. Currently, the shares at Nord Stream AG are distributed as follows: Gazprom – 51%, Wintershall Holding and E.ON Ruhrgas – 15.5% each, Gasunie and GDF Suez – 9% each.

Commercial gas deliveries through the first Nord Stream string began in November 8, 2011.

Laying of the second string of Nord Stream was completed in April 18 ahead of schedule. By the end of 2012, upon completion of commissioning and filling with technical gas, the string will be ready for gas deliveries to Europe.

After both strings have reached the design capacity, the capacity of the Nord Stream will be 55 billion cubic meters per year.


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