NEL Gas Pipeline

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NEL Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline.[1]


The pipeline runs from Lubmin near Greifswald through Sülstorf and Achim to Rehden.[2] It connects with the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipelines at Lubmin; with the NETRA Gas Pipeline at Achim; and with the MIDAL Gas Pipeline, the Rehden-Hamburg Gas Pipeline, and the Nord–West Anbindungsleitung Gas Pipeline (NOWAL) at Rehden.

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Project Details

  • Operator: NEL Gastransport GmbH
  • Owner: NEL Gastransport GmbH
  • Parent Company: BASF (50%) and Gazprom (50%)
  • Capacity: 20 billion cubic meters per year
  • Length: 270 miles / 440 kilometers
  • Diameter: 1000, 1400 mm[3]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2012


The NEL (Nordeuropäische Erdgasleitung (English: Northern European natural gas pipeline), formerly known as Norddeutsche Erdgasleitung, is a 440-km (270-mi) long natural gas pipeline in Germany.


The pipeline runs from Lubmin near Greifswald through Sülstorf and Achim to Rehden. It connects the Nord Stream Gas Pipeline with the Rehden-Hamburg Gas Pipeline and MIDAL Gas Pipeline. The pipeline started operations on 5 November 2012.[4] Between Sülstorf and Achim, it uses a pre-existing installation.[5]

Technical features

The diameter of the pipeline is 56 in. (1,400 mm) and it uses 100 bars (10,000 kPA) of operating pressure.[6] Its capacity is 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.[6][7] The pipeline is expected to cost around €1 billion.[8]

The developer of the pipeline asked for an exemption from network access and transit fees regulation; however, this request was denied.[9]


The SciGRID_gas combined IGG gas transmission network data set refers to the pipeline as INET_PL_4750 and INET_PL_4751.[2]

Articles and resources


  1. NEL Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed April 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Diettrich, Pluta, Medrjoubi (July 23, 2020). "The combined IGG gas transmission network data set". DLR Institute for Networked Energy Systems. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. "NEL Gastransport GmbH: Our network". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  4. "Gas supply starts through Nord Stream's NEL stretch under new contracts". Kyiv Post. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "NEL: online and on time". Pipeline International. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  7. Łukasz Antas (2007-11-14). "Nord Stream: the current status and possible consequences of the project's implementation". East Week. The Centre for Eastern Studies (104). Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  8. "Gasunie takes NEL berth". Upstream Online. NHST Media Group. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  9. Vera Eckert (2009-02-25). "Germany rules favourably on OPAL gas pipeline". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-03-15.

Related articles

Natural Gas Pipelines in Europe

External resources

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