NEL pipeline

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NEL pipeline
Constructions south of Schwerin
Constructions south of Schwerin
Country Germany
General direction east-west
From Lubmin
Passes through Sülstorf
To Rehden
General information
Type Natural gas
Owner NEL Gastransport GmbH
Partners W & G Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG (partnership of Wingas and Gazprom)
Construction started 2011
Commissioned 2012 (first stage)
2013 (second stage)
Technical information
Length 440 km (270 mi)
Maximum discharge 20 billion cubic metres per annum (710×10^9 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 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 and MIDAL pipelines. The pipeline started operations on 5 November 2012.[1] Between Sülstorf and Achim, it uses a pre-existing installation.[2]

Technical features[edit]

The diameter of the pipeline is 56 inches (1,400 mm) and it uses 100 bars (10,000 kPa) operating pressure.[3] Its capacity is 20 billion cubic metres (710 billion cubic feet) of natural gas per year.[3][4] The pipeline is expected to cost around €1 billion.[5]

The developer of the pipeline asked exemption from the network access and transit fees regulation; however, this request was denied.[6]

Project company[edit]

The pipeline was built by OPAL NEL TRANSPORT GmbH, a subsidiary of W & G Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG (W & G).[7] It is operated by NEL Gastransport GmbH.[3] 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%).[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gas supply starts through Nord Stream's NEL stretch under new contracts". Kyiv Post. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c "NEL: online and on time". Pipeline International. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  4. ^ Łukasz Antas (2007-11-14). "Nord Stream: the current status and possible consequences of the project's implementation". East Week. The Centre for Eastern Studies (104). Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Gasunie takes NEL berth". Upstream Online. NHST Media Group. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  6. ^ Vera Eckert (2009-02-25). "Germany rules favourably on OPAL gas pipeline". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  7. ^ "OPAL NEL TRANSPORT GmbH applies for exemption from regulation. Project company plans Nord Stream pipeline links" (Press release). Wingas. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 

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Coordinates: 52°37′08″N 8°29′47″E / 52.6188°N 8.4963°E / 52.6188; 8.4963