North-West Oil Pipeline GmbH (NWO)

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North-West Oil Pipeline GmbH (NWO) is an oil pipeline in Germany.


The pipeline runs from a port facility in Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen, to the Holborn refinery in Hamburg (owned by Oilinvest Group), the BP refinery in Lingen, the Ruhröl refinery and the BP refinery in Gelsenkirchen, and ends at the Shell refinery in Wesseling, Nordrhein-Westfalen.[1]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Nord-West Ölleitung GmbH
  • Parent companies: Ruhröl GmbH (33.7%), BP (25.6%), Shell (20.4%), Oilinvest Group (20.3%)
  • Current capacity: 300,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 391 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1958


The NWO was commissioned by Nord-West Ölleitung GmbH in 1958 to deliver crude oil to refineries in the Ems and Rhine-Ruhr regions in Germany, making it the first-long-range crude oil pipeline in Europe.[2]

Technical Information

The pipeline measures 28 inches in diameter and is 391-km long, inclusive of pipeline branches. It has a total instantaneous capacity of 142,000 m3 and can transport oil at a rate of 300,000 barrels per day.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. Nord-West Ölleitung, accessed June 2020.
  2. Company, NWO, accessed October 2017
  3. Long-range pipelines, NWO, accessed October 2017

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