Pipeline Info Point opens in Lubmin

Lubmin. 29 April 2010. Nord Stream AG and the WINGAS Group today opened the “Pipeline Info Point” at the port in Lubmin, providing the public with first-hand information on pipeline projects. “From now on, every day citizens and visitors to the popular holiday region can inform themselves on what is currently Europe largest energy project,” Jens Lange, Project Manager at Nord Stream AG, explained. The Info Point illustrates the dimensions of the new natural gas pipeline and the two connecting pipelines in Germany, OPAL und NEL, and is located near the future landing point of the Nord Stream pipeline. As Jens Lange said, “The exhibition contains comprehensive information on these pipeline projects, which will turn Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Germany into new energy hubs in Europe.” The exhibition includes samples of the pipeline segments used to put together the Nord Stream pipeline and OPAL pipelines, approx. 1.2 and 1.4 meters in diameter respectively and weighing many tons. When the pipelines are finished, 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia will flow from Lubmin to the consumers in western Europe.

“The Nord Stream pipeline and OPAL provide direct access to the world’s largest natural gas reserves,” Bernd Vogel, Managing Director of OPAL NEL TRANSPORT GmbH underlined at the official opening of the pipeline Info Point attended by political, business and tourism industry representatives. The company is part of the WINGAS Group and will take over the technical network operations of OPAL. “The pipelines not only secure Germany’s energy supply, but Europe’s as well.” The connecting pipeline OPAL will transport large quantities of the Russian natural gas towards the south as far as the Czech Republic. While construction work for the 1220-km-long Nord Stream pipeline began at the start of April, work on the connecting German pipeline OPAL in the East of Germany is already in full swing: “Since construction work began in September, the topsoil has been removed from over 280 kilometers of the pipeline track, around 110 kilometers of piping have been welded and more than 60 kilometers of pipeline have already been laid“, Vogel reports. Around 1600 workers are currently carrying out this work in East Germany. By the time of commissioning in 2011 it will the capacity to transport 36 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

A further connecting pipeline is planned in addition to OPAL in order to transport the natural gas arriving through Nord Stream pipeline: the NEL (Norddeutsche Erdgasleitung - North German gas link) will run from the Baltic Sea coast near Lubmin, past Schwerin and Hamburg, to the Rehden natural gas storage facility in Lower Saxony. The NEL is designed for a capacity of 20 billion cubic meters.