30 April 2012 15:39 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The Nord Stream pipeline was brought back up to an operational rate of one-third of its capacity at the weekend following the end of a two-week shutdown for a control system adaptation, the consortium behind the Russia-to-Germany link said on Monday.
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Its control systems have been adapted to integrate the first pipeline with its 1,224 km (761 mile) twin - the laying of which was completed ahead of schedule on 18 April - to form a single, automated two-pipeline gas transport system, the consortium said.
The twin pipeline, which also has a capacity of 27bcm/year, is now in the pre-commissioning phase with a launch-date scheduled for towards the end of this year.
The Nord Stream consortium, based in Switzerland, is 51% owned by Russian state gas monopoly Gazprom, while BASF’s Wintershall, and also E.ON Ruhrgas, Nederlandse Gasunie and GDF Suez are minority shareholders.
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