OPAL - north-west Europe's largest natural gas pipeline

OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG operates north-west Europe's largest natural gas pipeline, with a nominal diameter of 1,400 mm. The pipeline serves the further transport of natural gas to end customers in Europe.

The OPAL has a length of 472 kilometers and a capacity of 36 billion cubicmeters of natural gas per year. This is one third of the annual german demand of natural gas currently.

The pipeline leads from the Baltic Sea through Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Saxony to the Czech border in the near of the grid connection point Brandov. In the Compressor Station in Radeland (south of Berlin) the natural gas is compressed for the further transport to Brandov.

Information according to Section 27 (2) of the German gas network fee regulations (GasNEV) in 2016:

Class A B C D E F G
Nominal diameter
DN in mm
≥ 1,000 700–999 500–699 350–499 225–349 110–224 up to 109
Length in km 473 0 0 0 0 0 0

Annual exit consumption for DSO's and end consumers in Mio. m³:
0

Annual exit consumption for DSO's and end consumers in GWh:
0

Number of exit points/exit ranges in the high pressure grid:
1

Simultaneous annual peak load of all exits in MW:
42,979 (21/12/2016 12:00)

Total length of pipeline grid:
473 km