Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream pipeline back up after two-week outage

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.

Nord Stream, which has a capacity of 27bn cubic metres/year (27bcm/year) and directly connects Russia with Germany via a route through the Baltic Sea, was restarted on the afternoon of 28 April, it added.

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.

By: Will Conroy
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