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Nord Stream reaches average utilisation of 93% in 2017

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In 2017, the Nord Stream Pipeline delivered 51 billion m3 of natural gas to consumers in the European Union.

This means the pipeline system operated at 93% of its annual design capacity of 55 billion m3. This is the highest utilisation since the start of operation of the Nord Stream Pipeline System.

Since the commissioning of Line 1 in November 2011, Nord Stream has reliably and safely fulfilled all transport nominations without interruptions. Line 2 started operating in October 2012. After six years of operation a new milestone was reached in November 2017– the delivery of a total volume of 200 billion m3. Until the end of 2017, the total volume of gas transported to the European Union reached 205.3 billion m3.

Overall, the average utilisation rate of the pipeline has constantly increased year after year. In the first years of operation the pipelines’ capacity was gradually ramped up, from 0.66 billion m3 which were transported in 2011, to 11.5 billion m3 in 2012 (equalling 33% of the capacity), 23.8 billion m3 in 2013 (43%), 35.5 billion m3 in 2014 (65%) 39.1 billion m3 in 2015 (71%), 43.8 billion m3 in 2016 (80%), and now 51 billion m3 (93%).

The twin pipeline system through the Baltic Sea with a length of about 1200 km stretches from Vyborg, Russia to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany. As a key part of gas supply infrastructure, it offers the shortest connection between the immense gas reserves in Russia and energy markets in the European Union. Upon arrival in Germany, the gas is further transferred to neighbouring countries via the connecting pipelines NEL and OPAL.

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