Gas transportation A strong network for Europe

Pipelines form the heart of Europe’s gas infrastructure. Together with Gazprom and other European partners, Wintershall Dea has helped to create and expand a gas transmission system.

More than 6,000 kilometres of pipelines have been built in Europe through the collaboration between Wintershall Dea and its partners.

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Wintershall Dea Nord Stream AG
Wintershall Dea Nord Stream AG
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Nord Stream AG

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 Gazprom and other European companies, Wintershall Dea is helping to diversify gas transport routes and ensure a modern, low-emission and efficient energy supply.

Over

4,000

kilometres long is the pipeline network of our group companies in Germany.

Over

440

billion m³ of natural gas have been transported through the Nord Stream pipeline so far.

For

30

years Wintershall Dea has been active in the gas transportation business.

Connected throughout Europe

Wintershall Dea and Gazprom started their joint transportation activities in Germany in the early 1990s, and these are now 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 guarantee a secure energy supply for Germany and Europe and can in future contribute to 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 efficiently and reliably transports gas from the Baltic Sea coast to Southeastern Europe.

OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG operates one of the two connecting pipelines for the Nord Stream pipeline. 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 second Nord Stream connection pipeline, 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.

The North European Gas Pipeline
The North European Gas Pipeline

More than 20 billion cubic metres of natural gas can be transported annually via the North European Gas Pipeline – about one-fifth of Germany’s total natural gas demand.

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Wintershall Dea/Pablo Castagnola
Wintershall Dea Nord Stream pipeline
Wintershall Dea Nord Stream pipeline

The offshore pipeline can transport around 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year, securing the annual energy needs of 26 million households.

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Nord Stream AG

Nord Stream: Energy for Europe

The pipeline transports natural gas directly from Russia to Europe, securing the annual energy needs of 26 million households. The offshore pipeline, which consists of two strings, runs 1,224 kilometres through the Baltic Sea, from Vyborg in Russia to Lubmin near Greifswald in Germany. Together, the two pipeline strings can transport around 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year efficiently and in a climate-friendly manner. Since its commissioning in 2011, more than 440 billion cubic metres of natural gas have been transported via Nord Stream so far.

Nord Stream 2: Natural Gas Transport to the EU – Direct and climate friendly

Following the example of Nord Stream, another pipeline was laid through the Baltic Sea: Nord Stream 2, which also consists of two lines and is designed to transport up to 55 million cubic metres of natural gas per year. The Nord Stream 2 route runs largely parallel to the Nord Stream pipeline. On March 2nd 2022, Wintershall Dea AG’s Management Board has decided to write off its financing of Nord Stream 2 totalling around 1 billion euros.

Nord Stream 2 pipeline string
Nord Stream 2 pipeline string

Each Nord Stream 2 pipeline string consists of 100,000 pipe segments, each weighing 24 tonnes.

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Nord Stream AG