Hanover, 01 November 2012 | Press release
As of 1 November 2012 Gasunie Ostseeanbindungsleitung (GOAL) as new German TSO within the Gasunie group starts marketing natural gas transport capacities on the Nordeuropäische Erdgasleitung (NEL). Gasunie holds a 20 percent stake in the pipeline which feeds in natural gas volumes at Lubmin near Greifswald (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) and transports it to Rehden (Lower Saxony).
“The direct link to major natural gas reserves in Russia strengthens the position of Gasunie in its role as North-West European gas roundabout – thus serving our customers as well as natural gas consumers in Germany”, states Jens Schumann, Managing Director of Gasunie Deutschland. NEL will transport up to 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year – which is approximately a fifth of Germany’s annual gas consumption. GOAL’s investment in developing the gas infrastructure contributes actively to guarantee security of supply as well as more liquidity in the European gas market.
Since it was necessary to adjust the NEL-route south of Hamburg on a circa 40 kilometers long section, which is expected to be completed in autumn 2013, the full transport capacity will be available at that time. By bypassing the pipeline section that is still under construction via existing pipeline systems NEL can already now offer partial capacities to the market. In Heidenau, southwest of Hamburg, will be the connection point with the Gasunie system. From here Gasunie will transport natural gas as of autumn 2013 to areas with high demand in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, as well in direction UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.