North-West Oil Pipeline Network

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North-West Oil Pipeline Network is a system of two interconnected oil pipelines in northwestern Germany operated by Nord-West Ölleitung GmbH.


The North-West Oil Pipeline network comprises two interconnected pipelines :

  • the NWO (Nord-West Oelleitung), and
  • the NDO (Norddeutsche Oelleitung).

Both pipelines originate at NWO GmbH's Jade Bay oil terminal in Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen.[1]

The NWO pipeline runs south from Wilhelmshaven to the Shell refinery in Wesseling, Nordrhein-Westfalen, passing through the BP refinery in Lingen, the Ruhröl and BP refineries in Gelsenkirchen, and a pair of pumping stations in Ochtrup and Ostenwalde.[2] [3]

The NDO pipeline runs east from Wilhelmshaven to the Holborn refinery in Hamburg.[2][3]

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Project Details: NWO

  • Owner: NWO (Nord-West Ölleitung GmbH)[1]
  • Parent companies: Ruhröl GmbH (33.7%), BP (25.6%), Shell (20.4%), Oilinvest Group (20.3%)[4]
  • Current capacity: 328,000 barrels per day (16.3 million tonnes per annum)[5]
  • Length: 391 km[6]
  • Diameter: 28 inches[6]
  • Status: Operating[1]
  • Start Year: 1958[1]

Project Details: NDO

  • Owner: NDO (Norddeutschen Oelleitungsgesellschaft mbH)[6]
  • Parent companies: Oilinvest (Netherlands) B.V. (100%)[7]
  • Current capacity: 161,000 barrels per day (8 million tonnes per annum)[5]
  • Length: 142 km[6]
  • Diameter: 22 inches (first 136 km), 34 inches (remaining 6 km)[6]
  • Status: Operating[1]
  • Start Year:


The NWO (North-West Oil Pipeline) 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.[1] The NWO pipeline measures 28 inches in diameter and is 391 kilometers long, inclusive of pipeline branches. It has a total instantaneous capacity of 142,000 m3 and a transport capacity of 16.3 million tonnes per annum (328,000 barrels per day).[5][6]

Nord-West Ölleitung GmbH later took over the operations of the NDO (North German Oil Pipeline), a second long-range pipeline with a capacity of 8 million tonnes per annum (161,000 barrels per day). The NDO runs 142 kilometers between Wilhelmshaven and the Holborn refinery in Hamburg.[1][5]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Company, NWO, accessed October 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nord-West Ölleitung, accessed June 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "NWO - Pipeline information". NWO (Nord-West Oelleitung). Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  4. "Nord-West Oelleitung". Wikipedia. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "NWO - Facts and Figures". NWO (Nord-West Oelleitung). Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Long-range pipelines, NWO, accessed October 2017
  7. "Norddeutsche Oelleitung". Wikipedia. Retrieved October 3, 2020.

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