The Gazelle gas pipeline commissioned in the Czech Republic

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The Gazelle main gas pipeline, that extends the OPAL and Nord Stream gas transportation system, has been commissioned in the Czech Republic.

The commissioning ceremony was held in the presence of the Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Anatoly Yanovsky, Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG Peter Terium, the CEO of Czech gas transport system operator NET4GAS Thomas Kleefuss, representatives of different government bodies of Germany and Czech Republic.

Starting at the exit of the OPAL pipeline near Brandov on the Czech-German border, the pipeline passes through the Czech Republic to Bavaria, where it joints into the German gas transportation system. The total length of the pipeline is 166 kilometres. Its major purpose is transit of natural gas to Germany and providing domestic consumption of Czech Republic. It has designed option of reverse gas flow as well. The pipeline serves for improving gas supply to the Czech Republic and the European Union as a whole, opening a new way of transporting the russian gas to Western Europe and increasing overall flexibility of the European gas transportation system.

The construction of the Gazelle Pipeline started in October 2010. The total cost of the project amounted to 400 mln. Euro, investor being the Net4gas company. Gazelle’s capacity is as high as 30 bcm gas per year – over three times as much as annual gas consumption in the Czech Republic.

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