Final Load Tests of Nord Stream started

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 13 Nov 2013 09:05
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Nord Stream AG started to conduct a load test on both lines of the Nord Stream under full load due to the completion of the NEL Pipeline in Germany. It connects the Nord Stream fully-integrated gas transportation system with the European gas infrastructure.

During the tests, which started on 5 November and will continue approximately for one month, the gas transportation parameters will fluctuate in different modes.Proof load tests are designed to affirm the reliability of the pipelines.

The NEL gas pipeline, with a total length of 440 kilometers, will run from the point where the Nord Stream pipeline comes on shore near Greifswald bypassing Hamburg and Bremen and reaching the underground gas storage facility in Rehden (Lower Saxony). Its capacity will amount to 21.8 billion cubic meters per year. The Russian gas through NEL gas pipeline will be supplied to Germany as well as to Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and the UK.

The Nord Stream pipeline is the direct route of Russian gas export to West-European consumers bypassing transit countries. This project involves the construction of two lines (with a capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters/year each) under the Baltic Sea from Portovaya Bay near the city of Vyborg (in Russia) to the German coast near Greifswald, stretching more than 1200 km.

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