A strong network for natural gas
Pipelines are the heart of Europe's gas infrastructure. Together with Gazprom, Wintershall Dea has contributed to creating and expanding the transport systems.
The transport of natural gas through pipelines will continue to be critically important in the future for Europe’s supply security. Together with its partner Gazprom, Wintershall Dea has contributed to creating and expanding the necessary transport systems.
Today, the joint transport activities in Germany are managed by the holding WIGA Transport Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG. Under the WIGA roof, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH operates a Germany-wide pipeline grid of around 2,400 kilometres in length. The two subsidiaries OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG and NEL Gastransport GmbH operate the Baltic Sea Pipeline Link (OPAL) and the Northern European Gas Pipeline (NEL) respectively. Both pipelines are used to further distribute the natural gas from Nord Stream, in which Wintershall Dea holds a 15.5 per cent interest.
The company also supports new pipeline projects such as EUGAL and Nord Stream 2. Wintershall Dea is one of five Western European companies financing the project company, with a maximum investment of 950 million euros each. The WIGA subsidiary GASCADE is the project developer of the European Gas Link Pipeline (EUGAL) - the onshore connection pipeline to Nordstream 2. The approximately 480-km-long gas pipeline will run from the Baltic Sea coast in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to the south of Saxony at the German-Czech border and will largely consist of two parallel pipelines.
The Nord Stream offshore pipeline, which consists of two pipes, runs 1,224 kilometres through the Baltic Sea, from Vyborg in Russia to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany. It can transport about 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year. From its landing point, the gas is further transported into the European network through two onshore pipelines: The Baltic Sea Pipeline Link (OPAL) runs to the German-Czech border and has a capacity of around 36 billion cubic metres per year. The Northern European Gas Pipeline (NEL) runs westward to the German state of Lower Saxony. It can transport around 20 billion cubic metres a year.
Based on the Nord Stream pipeline, a second pipeline is currently laid through the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2, which consists again of two parallel pipes. With the construction of the EUGAL, GASCADE is reacting to the increasing demand for natural gas and transport in Europe and creating the land connection for the transport of the quantities that will in future reach Europe via Nord Stream 2.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will, for the most part, run parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipeline. It will also have the same transport capacity: 55 billion cubic metres a year, i.e. 27.5 billion cubic metres per pipe. Installation work began in 2018. Commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2019. Wintershall Dea is one of the financial investors of the project company.