Constructions south of Schwerin
|Owner||NEL Gastransport GmbH|
|Partners||W & G Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG (partnership of Wingas and Gazprom)
|Commissioned||2012 (first stage)
2013 (second stage)
|Length||440 km (270 mi)|
|Maximum discharge||20 billion cubic metres per annum (710 × 109 cu ft/a)|
|Diameter||56 in (1,422 mm)|
The NEL (Nordeuropäische Erdgasleitung, English: Northern European natural gas pipeline, formerly known as Norddeutsche Erdgasleitung) is a 440 kilometres (270 mi) long natural gas pipeline under construction in Germany.
The pipeline runs from Lubmin near Greifswald through Sülstorf and Achim to Rehden. It connects the Nord Stream pipeline with the Rehden-Hamburg gas pipeline and MIDAL pipeline. Together with MIDAL it creates a Greifswald-Bunde connection. The pipeline started operations on 5 November 2012. Between Sülstorf and Achim, it is using existing network. This section is expected to be completed in the Autumn of 2013.
The diameter of the pipeline is 56 inches (1,400 mm) and it uses 100 bars (10,000 kPa) operating pressure. Its capacity is 20 billion cubic metres (710 billion cubic feet) of natural gas per year. The pipeline is expected to cost around €1 billion.
The developer of the pipeline asked exemption from the network access and transit fees regulation; however, this request was denied.
The pipeline was built by OPAL NEL TRANSPORT GmbH, a subsidiary of W & G Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG (W & G) . It is operated by NEL Gastransport GmbH. The shareholders of NEL are W & G Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG (partnership of Wintershall Holding GmbH and Gazprom - 51%), E.ON Ruhrgas (10%), Gasunie (20%), and Fluxys (19%).
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