Gas transportation A pipeline network for Europe
Pipelines are an important part of Europe’s gas infrastructure. Together with its European partners, Wintershall Dea has created and expanded a gas transmission system.
Securing Europe’s energy supply is a long-term task. Transporting gas via pipelines is crucially important for securing supplies and achieving climate protection goals. Together with other European companies, Wintershall Dea is helping to diversify gas transport routes and ensure a modern, low-emission and efficient energy supply.
kilometres long is the pipeline network of our group companies in Germany.
billion m³ is the annual capacity of opal pipeline
years Wintershall Dea has been active in the gas transportation business.
Connected throughout Europe
Transportation activities of Wintershall Dea in Germany are managed by the holding company WIGA Transport Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG. The transport subsidiaries of the holding company – GASCADE, OPAL and NEL – act independently and operate a more than 4,000-kilometre-long pipeline network through Germany which directly links five European countries. They therefore contribute to a secure energy supply for Germany and Europe and could in future support the fulfilment of European climate goals with the transportation of climate neutral gases, such as hydrogen and biogas.
GASCADE Gastransport GmbH is a subsidiary of WIGA that operates a Germany-wide pipeline network of around 3,240 kilometres in length. The company’s latest project is the European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) which reached its full annual throughput capacity of up to 55 billion cubic metres of gas in April 2021. The approximately 480-kilometre-long twin pipeline can efficiently and reliably transport gas from the Baltic Sea coast to Southeastern Europe.
OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG operates the Baltic Sea Pipeline Link (OPAL) runs from Greifswald to the German-Czech border and has an annual capacity of around 36 billion cubic metres.
The North European Natural Gas Pipeline (NEL) is operated by NEL Gastransport GmbH. It runs from Greifswald westwards to Lower Saxony and can transport more than 20 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year.
Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2
Wintershall Dea is a shareholder (15,5%) of Nord Stream AG, which is an operator of Nord Stream 1 pipeline. In autumn 2022, the company wrote off the investment in Nord Stream AG in the amount of 175 million euros.
Wintershall Deas was one of five European energy companies that have committed themselves to providing long-term financing for the Nord Stream 2 AG. On 2 March 2022, Wintershall Dea AG’s Management Board has decided to write off its financing of Nord Stream 2 totaling around 1 billion euros.